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La Vernia Scout dedicates garden at Country Care
La Vernia Scout Troop 118 member Gavin Bigler proudly stands in front of part of the garden area he created at Country Care Manor.
By Elaine M. Stephens
A beautiful garden area has been created and dedicated by a young Scout with a big heart. La Vernia Scout Troop 118 member Gavin Bigler worked for two and a half years to create from scratch a beautiful garden area for the 78 residents of Country Care Manor as he strives for the honored Eagle Scout award.
The project first had to be approved by the Alamo Area Boy Scouts as part of the extensive requirements for the prestigious award, which has been a cornerstone for many who have become great leaders and entrepreneurs in the United States. As soon as he received approval for the project, Gavin got to work.
On Oct. 29, Gavin presented the garden to the residents in the company of his family, friends, Scout Leader Clay Bordner, Eagle Scouts Matt Morris of San Antonio and Scott McCarthy of La Vernia, La Vernia Mayor Robert Gregory, members of the Greater La Vernia Chamber of Commerce, Keep La Vernia Beautiful, and of course, the residents of Country Care Manor. “This was his own idea. He didn’t even need much prodding to keep at it,” said his mother, Jennifer Bigler.
Materials were donated by friends and family, Mills Concrete, Sunshine Landscaping, and Keller Materials. The garden plants include vegetables and flowers. In addition to the garden area, Gavin also built three planters and filled them with fragrant roses and petunias. “For the badge, he is required to oversee and supervise all the work, donations, and planning,” said his dad, Randy Bigler.
“We are so happy to have this garden area,” said Susan Peters, the home’s administrator. “Some of the residents still like to garden and will enjoy spending time around the plants. Some of them have already enjoyed some of the fresh vegetables. It provides a little therapy, and is in a convenient and pretty area on our grounds, on a little hill, where the residents can sit and watch the activity and lights in La Vernia.”
“I really enjoyed the project and meeting the residents here. They were very encouraging,” Gavin said. He will meet with the Eagle Scout board later this year to complete his application.
The garden will now be maintained by Country Care Manor, with a little help from some of the residents whose hands and hearts love being in a garden.
Elaine M. Stephens is first vice president of the Greater La Vernia Chamber of Commerce.
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