Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Botanical garden benefits from Eagle Scout project

From left, Erich Hoefler, Oliver Rogers, Stanley Rogers, Vaughan Hoefler pause in their work at the botanical garden.

Thanks to the efforts of Erich Hoefler of Boy Scout Troop 92, the Georgeson Botanical Garden will soon have a new circular patio in the Lind Garden. Nearly 70 of the bricks are inscribed with memorials or donors’ names.

Hoefler, a rising senior at West Valley High School, was inspired to do his Eagle Scout project at the GBG because his brother Werner built a raised wall there four years ago. “I knew they were receptive and when I asked them they were more than enthusiastic,” Hoefler said.

In Scouting since he was a “cub,”, Hoefler said, “I like to stay busy and keep my summers busy.”

His family had recently completed a patio at their home in Ester, so he had a bit of experience. “It’s a fun process,” he said.

“This will be a nice viewing area and a nice place in the garden.”

Erich’s father Vaughan Hoefler said the patio is a great project. “The garden is well planned out,” he said. “The areas complement each other. Since Werner did his project four years ago I have watched the garden make tremendous progress. It feels good to be part of it.”

GBG, located at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm, is a program of the UAF School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences.

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