In the early morning hours of October 8, 2016, Hurricane Matthew touched land in South Carolina. Throughout the state there was a lot damage, including the Children’s Garden on the southern edge of the ten acre Savannah Botanical garden.
The dedication of the Children’s Garden was only three year’s earlier, and it quickly took off as a gathering place for area children. “This has been a dream of ours to have the place perfect for all the children that come here,” said Betty Ward, chair of the Savannah Garden Center. But with the devastation from hurricane Matthew, it was no longer a desirable learning space for school-age children.
The hurricane impacted the area school children as well, many of whom may have experienced a loss of safe areas to learn while playing at home. The Children’s Garden at the South Carolina Botanical Garden is a teaching garden where kids can learn through gardening. “We do school tours all the time. Some schools actually have us as part of their curriculum.” shares Ms. Ward.
This is where Troy-Bilt comes into play. Through the Troy-Bilt Taking Root projects, Troy-Bilt is, “Helping to improve and sustain communities through volunteer projects. Troy-Bilt has partnered with them to make an impact in these communities through gardening expertise, equipment and help from our Brand Ambassadors.” For the Children’s Garden at the Savannah Botanical Garden, Troy-Bilt partnered with Planet in Action, whose mission is to, To help improve and sustain the planet community-by-community, by utilizing local activation, essential tools and high technology to catalyze, excite and intensify the activities of volunteers worldwide to achieve measurable local impact.
Planet In Action put out a call for project proposals, which required organizations to complete a submission form, and based on those candidates and a list of project criteria, the Savannah Botanical Gardens was selected.
Planet In Action is one of Troy-Bilt’s Taking Root community partners, so this was a very joint effort.
Troy-Bilt put together a new team in 2017 with ten Troy-Bilt Brand Managers. Check out their first of two post on the Troy-Bilt community program in Savannah.
Working as a team is always fun to do. And I guess it showed. Betty Ward says, “It’s a wonderful thing that the people that have come here today have such a passion for it. We will cherish this garden and we will maintain this.”
When you visit the Children’s garden at the Savannah Botanical Garden, you may think it was an afterthought. But in reality, the placement is a brilliant example of clever urban planning. Under the power lines.
On the map below, your can see a spur line, bottom left, which is where the power lines run, and the Children’s Garden is located.
The gardens, at 1388 Eisenhower Drive, are open from dawn to dusk daily.
For more information, click here or call 912-355-3883.
For more information about our time getting to and from Savannah, and all that we did, read on…
As we landed in Atlanta for a sponsored Troy-Bilt event in Savannah, SC, I get a text from my friend, Amy with Get Busy Gardening saying the Atlanta airport was closed.
The storms were bad. Landing was a roller coaster. But we made it. Once there (at 10:30), I stayed until 6:00 before the 11:12 flight was able to leave. I was happy to be there, but we missed some free time in Savannah and the Troy-Bilt Brand Ambassador presentation.
While in the airport waiting, I posted this on my Facebook page:
Please share with me your survival skills: Here is the situation: I’m in the Delta B terminal in Atlanta. It was rocky coming in. Before landing, I hear from another Troy-Bilt Brand Ambassador, Amy Schuneman Andrychowicz, that the Atlanta airport is closed. We must have been one of the few flights let in. In the meantime David Townsend is stuck in Nashville. I’m not sure where Teresa O’Connor, Kenny Point, Erin Schanen, Rochelle Walter Greayer, and the others are.
My schedule flight is due to leave in 2 hours. I’m on my second Blood Mary (spicy) and ate a plate of homemade potato chips with blue cheese dressing and chunks of blue cheese.
Here are your choices:
1) Order the burger. (The guys next to me are raving about it.)
2) Order another Bloody Mary?
3) Switch to a nice red wine?
4) all the above.
I’m not being selfish. In the restaurant, there are no windows, You know, just in case a tornado drops down.
At least I made it to the lovely dinner at The Grey.
Since we arrived late, we also missed visiting the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden.
After a great breakfast at our hotel, Kimpton Hotel Brice, we loaded up to the Savannah Botanical Gardens to do a community service project as Brand Ambassadors with Troy-Bilt. It was exciting to be apart of the team to bring back (and greatly improve) the Children’s Garden destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in October, 2016.
We were finished in early afternoon, so we were able to have some free time in the afternoon. Amy, Dave, Teresa and I went exploring the river front. It was beautiful! We saw the restaurant we were having dinner, The Vic’s On The River. So much food; and all so good!
More mess at the Atlanta Airport! Dave, Rochelle, and I Über’ed it to the airport at 9:30 for our 11:40 flight. We found others from out group still waiting for their 10:17 flight. Our flight wasn’t even listed. Right then and there, I made the decision on the spot to drive. I got home before my original flight would have taken (which was cancelled.) Not sure when I would have made it home otherwise. Probably on this day, but crazy late. For once, I got in the short line 😉 There were a couple of others that didn’t make it home on Friday. It was that bad. Remember, it was the weather. This mess was all due to catching up on Wednesday’s mess. I bet it was bedlam on Thursday as well.
This was my third year with Troy-Bilt, working on the wonderful community outreach programs. I am so honored. Please know, that while Troy-Bilt sponsored my trip, my opinions are my own. I’m already looking forward to next year.