The president (HCC) really wanted to bring more visitors to campus and saw the garden as one way to do so. It's developed into a great partnership from there. The yard of the president (who just retired in June) was even on our garden tour last year. The new president is just as supportive. Since starting the garden, the HCC board of trustees has invited our Master Gardeners to one of their meetings each year to thank them for their hard work in the garden.
We get a great location for our garden. We have daily traffic from faculty and students as well as community members that are on campus for various reasons. People have commented that they've changed their morning walks to go on to campus to see the garden. Anytime the Master Gardeners are working in the garden people stop and compliment them and many ask questions, giving us an opportunity to provide some education. We now use the garden as a meeting location for some of our Master Gardener meetings and educational programs as well as the "home base" for our garden tour.
The college uses the garden in their promotional publications quite a bit. The president told me whenever he has visitors to campus he makes a point to bring them to the garden.
- Pam Paulsen, Reno County Extension Horticulture Agent
Plans for 2015 include a Thomas Jefferson garden to display plants grown from seeds of the actual plants in Monticello, plus a shade garden display!
The garden is located in the center of Hutchinson Community College campus at 1300 N. Plum. For more information, contact the Reno County Extension Office at 620-662-2371.