Garland Quoted in BDN Article on Senior Center’s Rooftop Garden

Kate Garland, a horticulturist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension program, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for an article about public tours of the Hammond Street Senior Center’s rooftop garden. Senior center members and volunteers from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program recently built 17 raised beds for flowers, herbs and vegetables, according to the article. The public is invited to tour the Bangor garden for free from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10. Master gardeners and UMaine students helped design and build a customized drip irrigation system for the garden, Garland told the BDN. “It was good to get the UMaine students up here,” she said. “It helped develop their skills and showed them the value of civic involvement.” Produce from the garden is used in meals prepared in the senior center kitchen or sold to members to take home, the article states. “It all gets snapped up pretty quickly,” Garland said. WABI (Channel 5) and WLBZ (Channel 2) also reported on the garden.