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West Virginia gardeners create new community garden

Members of the West Virginia Master Gardeners are working on a new gardening project at Fairmont's Wishing Well Assisted Living Facility.

Phyllis Griggs, John Griggs, Georgine Moore and Fran Warner are going to plant vegetables, herbs and flowers at the retirement community, which provides a mix of cultural, educational and social activities, West Virginia Media reports.

Wishing Well marketing director Sharon Mehaulic decided to pursue the idea of a vegetable patch after residents suggested it – and the master gardeners were duly drafted in to do the leg work.

John Griggs said the residents' health will be benefitted by the vegetable patch and revealed the residents will be able to harvest their own produce and enjoy eating it within the next six weeks.

"Gardening is therapeutic. It also gives them the advantage on the vegetable side of having something they can crop and take into their own little apartments if they choose to," he said.