What can a team of 24 dedicated volunteers accomplish in three hours? Miracles, it seems, judging by the landscaping project completed at Marigold Place on Sept. 23. In three short hours, a team of Fannie Mae volunteers helped transform parched earth and a pile of dirt into a great outdoor space for the residents of Marigold Place. They also reclaimed sections of the yard that had become overgrown with weeds and grass and replaced some plants that were damaged by the summer’s intense heat.
“We’re amazed at the transformation of Marigold Place’s entire yard. It’s never looked better. Fannie Mae volunteers helped create a beautiful space,” remarked Steve Seuser, Executive Director. “I’m also really excited about all the great edible plants in the yard. We added a pecan tree and two blackberry bushes today to the existing two fig trees, apple tree, and peach tree.”
To complete the yard and encourage residents to spend time there, a picnic table, a garden bench, stepping stones, and a small grassy area will be added in the near future. Marigold Place has a small team of people tending to the garden on a regular basis, including Justin Graves, Isaias Nunez, and a resident.