The Healing Power of a Garden
Sometimes in this world of pandemic disease and protests in the streets, it’s refreshing to reconnect with the delicate beauty God has given us. The blooming flowers in Gross Catholic’s garden are a perfect example. The lot just north of the school is filled with more than 70,000 plants that sprout, grow and bloom at different times throughout the spring, summer and fall. It is an oasis from the business of life for teachers, students and neighbors, who need a few minutes of reflection among the floral aromas, chirping birds and babbling water.
The 650-foot walkway winds past mini gardens and trees, a bubbling rock and fountain, and Stations of the Cross. There are benches and a gazebo for a moment’s pause, and bricks that hold the names of benefactors and loved ones.
“The garden is beautiful because so many people have helped over the years,” said Rich Carey, a coach and retired teacher, who started the garden more than 20 years ago with a $10,000 grant from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.
In the beginning, the lot contained just eight trees. It was transformed with grants from the Papio Natural Resource District and the Omaha World-Herald, along with donations of money, time and talent.
The most recent addition is the revamp of the GHS, that greets students, faculty and visitors near Gross Catholic’s entrance. Carey states “I wanted something that would stick out when people come to Gross”. He partnered with Alan ’90 and Rita Weiss, owners of Papio Valley Nursery, to determine the best orange, blue and white flowers to plant in the GHS letters. Alan and Rita donated Orange Marigolds, White Zinnias and Blue Salvia to complete the project.
There is a need for help to make other improvements as well. Carey is asking for monetary donations to fund the upkeep. Consider donating $20 for the garden’s 20th anniversary, or buying a $75 brick in your name or someone’s memory. Or a larger monetary donation could fund a bench or lamppost.
“A donation of time and talents would be of great value,” Carey added. “We are always in need of unusual plants, garden art or garden tools. … If anyone has a love of gardening, caring for a mini garden for a year would be a great gift.”
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, Carey said other skills are needed to maintain this lovely area.
Contact Rich Carey at email@example.com or 402-214-4623.
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About Gross Catholic
One of Nebraska’s premier private schools, Gross Catholic High School is a faith and family-based community committed to developing Christian leaders through academic excellence in the Marianist tradition. Recognized locally for its outstanding education, welcoming atmosphere, competitive sports programs, engaging activities, robust faith, and boundless service work, Gross Catholic has energized the Omaha area for over 50 years. We are Faithful, Compassionate, and Driven! We are Gross Catholic!
To discover the Gross Catholic difference, contact us at 402.734.2000 or visit our Admissions page at grosscatholic.org.