Westlake Eagle Scout project constructs rain barrel garden for elderly residents

Seamus Dunphy, center, leads the Scouts from Westlake Troop 208 in the construction of a raised rain barrel garden for an assisted living community in North Olmsted.

Boy scouts from Westlake Troop 208 came together Saturday, June 2, to volunteer service hours for Seamus Dunphy’s Eagle Scout project. His Eagle project was constructing a raised rain barrel garden for the residents of the Emerald Village Assisted Living Community in North Olmsted.

The raised garden will give the elderly residents an opportunity to experience gardening once again. The garden is raised 36 inches off the ground and allows for wheelchair and walkers to fit underneath.

The project is an example of utilizing green technology with the rain barrel and hydroponic flood tables for the garden. There is no soil and the plants grow in a fibrous material called Grodan, surrounded by small water-absorbing pellets called Hydroton. The design of this high-tech garden has all the seniors talking!

Seamus enlisted the help of a number of local businesses to donate supplies for the project. Two big contributors were Rain Barrels 'n' More in Westlake who donated a complete rain barrel package. Purely Hydroponics in Avon donated the flood tables and their vast knowledge on this modern gardening technology. Grodan provided the grow blocks and the starter plugs, and General Hydroponics provided the nutrients to feed the growing plants.

A special thanks goes out to the Scouts from Westlake BSA, Troop 208 for all their hard work and Emerald Village for accepting this project for their facility.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 06.26.2012