Yesterday on September 23rd Cierra and myself were able to go with Donis and Bob Yoder, community partners, to get a hands on demonstration. At the demonstration we visited the Ft. Harmar Drive site and learned how to remove plants from the beds and place newspaper around planted plants to prevent weeds. This demonstration was important because it gave us the chance to learn the proper techniques in order to lead our volunteers on volunteer work days.
Today the importance of the relationship between followers and leaders was illuminated. Within the Marietta In Bloom project our group must know when to act as leaders to our volunteers and each other and also as followers to the community partners. This relationship helps to explain the fact that sometimes it is necessary to step up and to step back. When working with the master gardeners it is necessary for the group to step back to be able to learn from their knowledge. In contrast though, we must also try to step up in order to bring a new perspective and youthful light to the project.
Emily (Left) and Cierra (Right) working in the flower bed at Ft. Harmar Drive.
"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" ~ Audrey HepburnBloom On,