Garden thriving in Canton school parking lot

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Lamar Barbour is not afraid to get his hands dirty in the Friendship Academy Wonder Garden. - Photo by Erik Zygmont

Students at Friendship Academy of Science and Technology in Canton spent some time pulling weeds in the school's new Wonder Garden last Thursday. - Photo by Erik Zygmont

Ta’Shia Merritt, left, pulls a few weeds with Quashawna Lomax in the FAST Wonder Garden. - Photo by Erik Zygmont

“Mr. Cornwell, are these weeds?” asked a student, eager to get to work in the school’s new garden.

“No, those are not weeds,” said Richard Cornwell, a teacher at Friendship Academy of Science and Technology, 801 S. Highland St. “Those are a specific kind of native Maryland grass. I can’t remember what kind.”

Summer program students have been working in the FAST Wonder Garden for months now. Established in May, the garden was made possible by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and a donation and manual labor by Blue Water Baltimore.

Trees and native plants are now growing where there was once 7,000 square feet of asphalt.

The gardeners hope to make a colorful “bottle fence” for the garden, and are seeking help from the community. Clear green or blue plastic bottles, the size of wine or liquor bottles, rinsed and labels removed, may be dropped off at the school office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or left at the doors when the office is closed. The school is hoping to obtain 1,000 bottles.

Additionally, the school is inviting community members with free time to work in the garden. Two volunteer Saturdays, Aug. 10 and 17, have been scheduled. Meet at 8 a.m. in the garden, located along Fait Ave. behind the school, and work until noon.

More information about the garden is available at

by Erik Zygmont

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