There will be a special dedication of a shelter at Coonskin Park at 1 p.m. Oct. 1 to honor the late Harry Lawson Wise.
Harry was a founding member of the Kanawha County Master Gardener Association and was a tireless supporter of Coonskin Park, where he served as president of Friends of the Park. Harry worked extensively in the American Rhododendron Society for years, serving on the National Board of Directors. In 2002, he was appointed Director Emeritus and was awarded the Silver Medal of the American Rhododendron Society for outstanding service in 2004.
He worked as a chemical engineer for Union Carbide until retirement. He was a graduate of Auburn University, attending on a football scholarship; then earned a master's degree from the University of Virginia.
Harry passed away in 2007, and he is fondly remembered for his extensive knowledge of gardening, his gruff yet endearing personality, and his quick wit.
Junior Master Gardeners
West Virginia State University Extension Service is conducting a half-day training on the Junior Master Gardener program, a science-based curriculum geared toward getting young people interested in gardening and agriculture. The training will be held 1-5 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Rock Lake Community Life Center, 801 Lincoln Dr., South Charleston.
Melissa Stewart, extension specialist for Agriculture and Natural Resources and a state coordinator for the JMG program, said the training is perfect for classroom and home-school teachers, after-school and daycare staff members, community centers, church groups and anyone interested in developing a youth gardening program.
There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants must register. Contact the West Virginia State University Extension Service, 304-204-4305, or extens...@wvstateu.edu. Certain books in the JMG curriculum will be available for purchase onsite. Additional books can be found at the JMG online store at http://jmgkids.us/.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.