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Horticulture Makes its Mark in New Garden

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The Waupaca region just added another site to its rich repertoire of picturesque waterways and scenic views thanks to an army of volunteers and organizations.

The new Riverside Reflection Garden, part of the ThedaCare Riverside Medical Center at 800 Riverside Drive in Waupaca, is a peaceful sanctuary for the community to enjoy an abundance of plant life, decorative landscape creations, and a warm view of the Crystal River.

Nearly 100 volunteers joined a team of Fox Valley Technical College Horticulture students at the site on June 11 to plant trees, shrubs, and flowers. The students, under the direction of FVTC Horticulture Instructor and Landscape Architect Jim Beard, recently completed the project by adding structural designs and paved walking trails.

Several other private and public organizations were involved in the conception and completion of the project, including the City of Waupaca and Riverside Medical Center.

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The students representing FVTC's Horticulture program at the Riverside Reflection Garden in Waupaca (left to right): Chris Hiquette, Cheryl Webb, Val Wessel, Greg Olesen, Karter Thompson, Jim Beard (instructor), Brandon Flater, and Steve Brockman

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A partial view of the garden.