Hanover County celebrated the official groundbreaking of its upcoming Horticultural Learning Center this month. The finished site will serve as an innovative resource for gardening enthusiasts and beyond in years to come, with the Hanover Master Gardeners spearheading the project and the upcoming site’s operations.

The groundbreaking ceremony held on October 14 was joined by county officials, community members, and the project’s extensive group of volunteers. Located at 13015 Taylor Complex Lane in Ashland, the site of the upcoming garden will sit on 1.10 acres beside the Taylor Complex building.

County administrator John Budesky said the center will serve the community for many years to come. He noted that agriculture is still the #1 business in Hanover County and thanked the Master Gardeners for their work. “This center will continue the tremendous commitment you have made to work with the community,” Budesky said. 

The Horticultural Learning Center will be a space for public education, demonstrating research-based gardening practices that can be incorporated into the home setting. Master Gardeners will manage the garden and partner with interested community members throughout their gardening journeys.

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