Dying Garden

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Dying Garden

Carlmont's abandoned Pandora Garden

Carlmont's abandoned Pandora Garden

Carlmont's abandoned Pandora Garden

Carlmont's abandoned Pandora Garden


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Carlmont's abandoned Pandora Garden

Carlmont’s once flourishing garden has been abandoned and left to die.

The garden was created three years back by the Slow Food club, a group of students committed to healthy living. Together, the group of students would maintain the garden, coming after school and weekends to put in the necessary work.

For these students, the work payed off. They were rewarded with a variety of different fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, apples, oranges, onions, herbs, and lots of beans. When they grew enough, they were even able to donate some of their fresh food to the Carlmont Pantry, a place where students whose families are struggling can go to get food. Sadly, those donations are a thing of the past.

This year the club’s enthusiasm has burned out the Slow Food Club no longer exists, leaving the garden to be overrun with weeds.

Victoria Nilson, an English teacher at Carlmont who served as the Slow Food Club’s advisor, sent out a mass email to the Carlmont staff imploring someone to “go out and grow something.”

Nilson assures anyone thinking about gardening that the garden is fully equipped with compost, all required tools, and water. In her opinion, maintaining the garden “is just too much work for a single person or club. It really needs to be a school effort.”

Although Nilson reports that she has received a few responses to her email expressing interest in the garden, at the moment it remains desolate.

Anyone interested in becoming involved in the Carlmont’s garden is encouraged to speak with Nilson in room D-3.

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