A Garden of Pride
The following is from Rich Carey, a former teacher and current cross country coach at Gross Catholic who has volunteered countless hours to coordinate and maintain our beautiful Geo Garden.
Twenty years ago, we began to create a teaching garden at Gross Catholic with a $10,000 grant from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. The lot just north of the school entrance had only eight trees initially, but was transformed into a lovely garden. The Geo garden contains a 650-foot walkway, pergola, gazebo, various mini gardens, benches, name bricks, bubbling rock, fountain and Stations of the Cross, and is now in need of repair and new material. We need new signs for the plants, sprinkler heads, recycling bins, trash containers, and fountain repairs. Over the years we have obtained and maintained over 70,000 plants and all other adornments through grants and donations.
The garden is used by many students, teachers, and members of the community. We have received several grants from the Papillion NRD and the Omaha World-Herald and other organizations. The garden has been recognized by the Bellevue Leader and the Omaha World-Herald.
Now, in the garden’s 20th year, you can help by purchasing a $75 name brick, $150 bench, or $1500 lamp post. A donation of time and talent is also of great value. We are always in need of unusual plants, garden art, or garden tools. The garden is beautiful because so many people have helped over the years. If anyone has a love of gardening, caring for a mini garden(s) would be a wonderful gift. If gardening is not your interest, there are so many other skills needed to maintain this lovely area.
Please contact Rich Carey if you would like to help at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-214-4623.