|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.