Volunteers honor “baby gardener”

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Noelle Cravens’ life may have been short, but she has left a lasting legacy in Griffin.


Volunteers young and old alike at the Healthy Life Community Gardens in Griffin were busy Wednesday creating and decorating a section of the garden with fairy homes and hobbit holes in Cravens’ honor. Even though she was only 4 when she passed away in January, Gardens Program Assistant Patty Beckham said Cravens was the “baby gardener” who loved the outdoors and digging in the dirt.


Cravens spent her summers in the garden as part of the Summer in the Garden program, which began its third year this summer and is held from 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday through July 20. A section of the garden is set aside in her memory. It contains an apple tree and a playhouse contributed by Cravens’ mother since her daughter had always wanted a playhouse at the garden, Beckham explained. The Spalding County Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy donated a reading bench in Cravens’ honor as well.

“So many here knew her, and they are out here to keep her memory alive,” Beckham said.

Children of all ages from the Fairmont community and Griffin take part in the Summer in the Garden program. Ferst Foundation volunteers read to the children each Wednesday. Children then take part in a program, such as learning about bugs, how to harvest potatoes, and the best time to pick blackberries, Beckham said.


The Healthy Life Community Garden is on the grounds of the old Fairmont High School/Rosenwald School.

Karen Gunnels
Griffin Daily News

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