Teen ‘renews’ West Lafayette garden

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A 23-year-old garden is getting renewed thanks to a future Eagle Scout.

The John Tuite Memorial Garden sits in the back of Morton Community Center in West Lafayette. On Saturday, Jack Folkers got some help from his friends and the West Lafayette High School football players cleaning up the garden.

Folkers is taking on renewing the garden as his final Eagle Scout project.

Mayor John Dennis said Folkers worked with the West Lafayette Parks Department and brought in a landscape architect. Dennis said the garden is an important piece of the community, but was not in good shape.

“Before the guys got here and started doing this work, there was a lot of shrubs and bushes and this area for the most part was overgrown,” Dennis said. “You can see this was dedicated as an open space. With the way the shrubs and trees were overgrown, it didn’t really fit that objective.”

“This was a new thing for me,” Folkers said. “I had to step outside of my comfort zone and kind of just come up with how we were going to do this. I had a lot of really good help to get here, and I had to ask a lot of people how do do everything we’ve had to do to get this.”

Once Folkers is done with the project he will put together a final report and receive a few more merit badges, then he can become an Eagle Scout.

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