by Lisa Tome
Just a few steps out the back door of the County Administration Building, there is a garden.
It's a place to remember, reflect, and learn.
The garden was planted by Gail Sentman and Doris Behnke, of Maryland Extension. Behnke serves as the coordinator of Cecil's Master Gardener program. The purpose was to give those who attend programs at the Elkton Senior Center a place to remember center friends who have died. Behnke said it was also a way to beautify the area next to the adjacent pavilion.
Master gardeners who helped with the project are Aprile Harris, Geraldine Lucas-Haji, Judy Duffy, Olive Danielle, Liza Sanford-Crane, Jenn Fox, Linda Foster, Teena Vaughn, and Karen Rita.
The garden includes a wide range of native plants ranging from black eyed Susan to dogwood.
There are informational signs on each of the plants designed to inform those who visit the garden about the plants.
The plants were donated by Natural Landscape Nursery of Jennersville and Putnam Hill Nursery of Forest Hill. The plants were donated for a native plant exhibit at the Cecil County Fair.
They were then planted in the Senior Remembrance Garden. Mike Anderson, from the county's facilities department, helped bring in soil and mulch.
The garden will also serve another purpose. In honor of Maryland Extension's Centennial, the garden exhibit will be part of the 100th anniversary celebration for Extension, which will be held in October.