More than just about gardening

Published 7:59 pm Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Life sometimes isn’t easy. And just like a flower, sometimes you make it, sometimes you don’t.

That was at the heart of the lesson Terra Cotta’s Nancy Harrell gave to students from the Troy Group Home Tuesday afternoon.

“Life is just one thing after the other, and it’s how you deal with it,” Harrell said. “Just like flowers, some make it and some don’t.”

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Harrell and others of the St. Faicre Gardening Association gathered Tuesday for one of the organization’s monthly events.

The group, named after the patron saint of gardening, has members from Troy, Banks, Brantley and Luverne, said President Debbie Roberts.

Roberts said the members of the group meet together once a month and not just for gardening.

“The main thing is we work for the group home by giving programs, we do landscaping, and we help the Pioneer Museum,” Roberts said.

“We’ve done a planting at the courthouse in Luverne.”

Roberts said the group has been established for the last four years.

The purpose of programs like the one held Tuesday are to educate, but not just about gardening, Roberts said.

“We are trying to get them to learn about horticulture, about arts and crafts, how to set a table and make flower arrangements, even how to get a job interview,” Roberts said.

“We want to teach social things too.”