Fifth Annual “Plant a Garden Day”

For the fifth consecutive year, Hathaway-Sycamores’ Family Resource Center’s garden is replanted by caring Western Asset employees along with area families.

Friday, April 18, 2014 | 10:48 pm

For the fifth year in a row, as part of “Plant a Garden Day,”a recent spring Saturday was spent replanting a soon-to-be-bountiful garden at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ Highland Park Family Resource Center (840 N. Avenue 66).

On hand for the annual gardening event were several members of the Pasadena fixed income management firm Western Asset. Western Asset employees helped create the Family Resource Center’s garden five years ago, and have been returning every spring since to keep it growing. Western Asset associates were joined by staff members of Hathaway-Sycamores, along with neighborhood kids and families who utilize the Highland Park Family Resource Center’s services. Together, the group put their green thumbs to work, planting basil, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, a lemon tree, as well as other fruits and vegetables.

Once harvest time arrives, this plentiful garden will serve several purposes. For example, many of the families who utilize the Family Resource Center are experiencing economic challenges, and produce from the garden will be given to those in need. The garden’s fresh fruits and vegetables also will be used in Family Resource Center cooking classes held throughout the summer for youngsters interested in learning their way around the kitchen. Additionally, the garden serves a therapeutic purpose. Children can receive counseling services through the Family Resource Center, and Center therapists have found that the garden provides a relaxing environment that enables many kids to more openly discuss difficult subjects. Parents also are encouraged to take part in these therapeutic gardening sessions as a means of spending quality, connected time with their children.

Commenting on this most recent garden revitalization, Hathaway-Sycamores’ President and CEO William Martone said, “We truly appreciate Western Asset’s continued support of our Family Resource Center. Without this type of community support, our ability to help children and families in need would unquestionably suffer.”

Children, teens, and families interested in the services available through Hathaway-Sycamores’ Highland Park Family Resource Center should call (323) 257-9600 or e-mail contact@hathaway-sycamores.org.

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