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Master Gardeners complete Ocean Trail community project

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In February, a group of interested gardeners enrolled in the Brunswick County Master Gardener class, which required a community project upon completion of the course. This year, 19 Master Gardener interns donated time to upgrade the secret garden at the Ocean Trail Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Southport.
Melanie Long and her staff take pride in offering opportunities to enhance the quality of life for residents. After the secret garden project drew to an end, the Master Gardeners still had money left from all the generous donations throughout the county.
Along with fundraising done by Long and her staff at Ocean Trail, enough money has been raised to add a covered area over the porch to allow comfort during those hot, summer days.
Ocean Trail was so excited about the upgraded garden that it funded glass doors so the garden can be seen from inside the facility. The residents were complementary and are now using the garden for relaxation and renewal.
Dana and Karen Rife, Healing Therapies of Brunswick County, Joseph Schutzman, John Hamilton, Hamilton Landscape Co., Scott Young, Young’s Lawn Service Inc., David Lloyd, Live Oak Landscape Inc., Randy Stephens, GreenUp Landscape, Mary Rowe, Walmart, Janet Lawrence, JoAnne Wells, East Coast Moving, LLC, Silver Coast Properties, A. Virginia and Roger Riedley, St. James Service Club, Carol Von Radesky, F.L. Hanson Trust and David Wallace Home Builders Inc. helped with the project.
Susan Brown and Ocean Trail family members made memorial contributions in honor of Harry Hodson and Esther Biancobers. The wooden, shade structure will be constructed by Cliff Pender of Solstice Builders.