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Horticulture students ‘scare up’ clever projects for civic display


More than a dozen scarecrows created by Penn College horticulture/landscape technology students were installed Thursday in Way’s Garden, a well-tended oasis of greenery at West Fourth and Maynard streets, where they will remain from First Friday through Halloween. The Way’s Garden Commission worked with Carl J. Bower Jr., an assistant professor in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, who has been developing the idea in his mind since seeing a similar project at Hershey Gardens in 2011. Bower’s students eagerly accepted the challenge, working for the past few weeks to prepare their seasonal creations for what is planned as an annual attraction. An additional scarecrow was prepared for the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce headquarters in downtown Williamsport.

– Photos by Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday, and Bower

Landscape/horticulture technology students show off their creative playfulness at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. Back row (from left): Kendall A. Wanner, Denver; Laura J. LaGrave, Lewisburg; Colin O. Allen, Harrisburg; Jack R. Mannke, Glen Mills; Matthew M. Heaps, Schwenksville; Steven K. Zuziak, Ephrata; Seth R. Farnham, Hughesville; and Drew J. Marsh, Marble. Front row, kneeling or seated (from left): Robert J. Williamson, Fort Washington; Jessica M. Duke, Allentown; Benjamin A. Mowrer, Manheim; Adriana S. Lee, Williamsport; Diana M. Willman (in red), Dillsburg; and Amanda N. Suda, Harrisburg.
Landscape/horticulture technology students show off their creative playfulness at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. Back row (from left): Kendall A. Wanner, Denver; Laura J. LaGrave, Lewisburg; Colin O. Allen, Harrisburg; Jack R. Mannke, Glen Mills; Matthew M. Heaps, Schwenksville; Steven K. Zuziak, Ephrata; Seth R. Farnham, Hughesville; and Drew J. Marsh, Marble. Front row, kneeling or seated (from left): Robert J. Williamson, Fort Washington; Jessica M. Duke, Allentown; Benjamin A. Mowrer, Manheim; Adriana S. Lee, Williamsport; Diana M. Willman (in red), Dillsburg; and Amanda N. Suda, Harrisburg.

Suda makes final adjustments to Kevin the Minion.
Suda makes final adjustments to Kevin the Minion.

Bower (left) and Wanner use zip ties to attach work gloves to "Doc," the forester.
Bower (left) and Wanner use zip ties to attach work gloves to “Doc,” the forester.

"Granny Gardener" carpooled with Bower from the ESC to Williamsport ...
“Granny Gardener” carpooled with Bower from the ESC to Williamsport …

... then moved to a comfortable perch on one of the park's inviting benches.
… then moved to a comfortable perch on one of the park’s inviting benches.

Lee snags a selfie before the scarecrows are rounded up for transport.
Lee snags a selfie before the scarecrows are rounded up for transport.

A ponytailed farmer – humorously modeled after Dennis P. Skinner, an assistant professor of horticulture – greets visitors at the northwest corner of the intersection.
A ponytailed farmer – humorously modeled after Dennis P. Skinner, an assistant professor of horticulture – greets visitors at the northwest corner of the intersection.

Designed to prolong the scarecrows' shelf life, signs wait to be planted throughout the park.
Designed to prolong the scarecrows’ shelf life, signs wait to be planted throughout the park.

Way's Garden volunteer Tom Tillson secures "Skipper."
Way’s Garden volunteer Tom Tillson secures “Skipper.”

'SpongeBob Strawpants," spatula at the ready to flip a Krabby Patty, draws immediate attention from neighborhood children.
‘SpongeBob Strawpants,” spatula at the ready to flip a Krabby Patty, draws immediate attention from neighborhood children.

Evan G. Velez, of Mohnton, and Suda stuff Humpty Dumpty (created by Oceana R. Copley, of Williamsport) ...
Evan G. Velez, of Mohnton, and Suda stuff Humpty Dumpty (created by Oceana R. Copley, of Williamsport) …

... before drawing his face, accessorizing his wardrobe and situating him in his rightful place on the park's welcoming wall.
… before drawing his face, accessorizing his wardrobe and situating him in his rightful place on the park’s welcoming wall.

Cellphone photographers pay tribute to a "Flower Child."
Cellphone photographers pay tribute to a “Flower Child.”

"Horticulture Horton," wearing a hoodie designating his membership in the major's student club, is bundled against fall's arrival.
“Horticulture Horton,” wearing a hoodie designating his membership in the major’s student club, is bundled against fall’s arrival.

"Martin the Moose" – born, like many of the pieces, from whimsy and thrift-shop resourcefulness – pulls a hayride through the mulch.
“Martin the Moose” – born, like many of the pieces, from whimsy and thrift-shop resourcefulness – pulls a hayride through the mulch.

Meet "Nurse Jackie," her stethoscope at the ready
Meet “Nurse Jackie,” her stethoscope at the ready

Attaching rebar arms to a cartoon icon are (from left) Wanner and William X. DeMarco, of Glen Mills.
Attaching rebar arms to a cartoon icon are (from left) Wanner and William X. DeMarco, of Glen Mills.

 

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Lisa Adams,

You all did a fantastic job decorating Way’s Garden. My granddaughter and I enjoy walking through the park and were very surprised how wonderful it looks for the fall season. Thank you for taking your time to bring everyone such joy. God bless!

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