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Volunteer Spotlight

The Garden is fortunate to have a large pool of volunteers. These volunteers are wonderful people to work with; they are friendly, knowledgeable, professional, and have a love for the Garden. The Garden was founded by volunteers, and volunteers continue to play an integral role in our success and growth. Volunteers contribute time and talent to all areas of the Garden, and we can not thank each and every volunteer enough for all they do.

In appreciation, the Garden will highlight volunteers who help make the Garden what it is, a place where "there's always something growing on."

Spotlight on Construction Volunteers - The Wednesday Guys


Pictured left to right:  Ed Cronin, Ron Marshall, Jim Wise, Tom Irby, Chuck Nelson.
Not pictured:  Carroll Dailey, Mike Monahan, Joe Morton.

What do you get when you combine four NASA retirees with a retired sales representative, a retired anesthetist, and three army retirees?  The (affectionately known as) Wednesday Guys!  The Wednesday Guys are the Garden’s “go to” guys for construction and destruction.  Right now they are working on the Treehouses, but they have done a variety of projects in the Garden including bridges, mulch bins, painting, and working on greenhouses, the Bonsai house, the tractor shed, the Butterfly House, and the Children’s Garden (the list goes on and on).

John Daniel, a former accountant, helped formed the group with Tom in 1998 and their first project was moving a greenhouse from Sewanee, Tennessee to the Garden.  Being predominantly engineers, the Wednesday Guys plan and work every project with precision to perfection.  Their service to the Garden is immeasurable as they not only are keeping the Garden working but also growing by completing necessary maintenance efficiently and effectively.  Next time you see them on a Wednesday morning (hence the name), stop by and thank them for all they do.   






Do you know a Garden volunteer that should be featured here? Please contact Anita Daniel at 256-430-3572, extension 238 or