Friday, January 17, 2014

Lily Sale Benefits GFGH 2012


     On June 23 and 24 of 2012, Mary Ellen Krisher hosted an Open Garden & Day-Lily Sale at her Clarksville home to benefit the Fred Krisher Endowment Fund for Grow Food, Grow Hope.
Hundreds of Day-Lilies, comprising over 70 different varieties were sold during the two-day sale while Mary Ellen entertained guests with refreshments and tours through her gardens. In total, more than $3,000 were raised to benefit the memorial fund contributing to GFGH’s goal of raising $10,000 for the endowment by the end of the summer.
     “Fred and I enjoyed working in the garden together,” Mary Ellen said. “I think that Fred's enjoyment from gardening came from the summers he spent as a child at his grandparents farm where he helped them in their garden… His favorite plants were hostas and day lilies. I liked planting perennial flowers in color coordinating groups to make ‘pretty pictures.”
     Fred Krisher was a beloved member of the Wilmington College family, a Master Gardener, and a friend to Grow Food, Grow Hope. When he passed away earlier this year, his loss was felt by the entire community. In the spring, an endowment fund was established by Wilmington College in Fred’s name, to benefit Grow Food, Grow Hope to ensures that our community gardens, educational initiatives, workshops, and community outreach programs continue into the future.
     Fred was a member of the Cincinnati Day-Lily & Hosta Society and a passionate gardener. As a mentor at the Friends of Hope Community Garden, he shared those passions with others by helping families learn about planting, cultivating, and harvesting a small plot vegetable garden, as well as the importance of fresh, nutritious foods in a healthy diet.

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