One of the projects I have been working on since last summer is a campaign to promote gardening in Massachusetts. It has been a joint effort with the MNLA (Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association) and MFG (Massachusetts Flower Growers Association). Our goal is to get kids, families and adults away from the TV or computer and outside and into the garden. May 1st we met at an Elementary School in Dorchester that has a terrific teaching garden for students, many of who who don’t have a lot of space to garden in the city. We planted Marigolds with the kids in an effort to kickoff the campaign. When Governor Patrick was made aware of our efforts, he accepted an offer to join us! I was very impressed with his gardening skills and knowledge. He did not just pose for the cameras, he helped plant some Columbine in the teaching garden and was great with the kids showing them how to plant the Marigolds in pots. He worked the soil with his hands and “Played Dirty”, even in the rain with us! I had a chance to ask the Governor about what his favorite plant was from his own garden. Answer? See the video on our Facebook page. Click here to learn more about Plant Something. ~ Chris
Link to the YouTube video of Chris talking to the Governor.