Class gifts flower beds to St. Helena Sheriff’s Office _lowres

Photo provided by Ahmad Robertson -- St. Helena College and Career Academy’s Agriculture students and LSU/SU Ag Center planted flower and herb gardens in front of the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office building May 7. The beds are part of a landscape project through the Ag Center. Participating in the project, from front right are Ahmad Robertson, William Lloyd, Sam Banks, TriDarion Dehon, Jermil Myles, Scott Galmon, Jerqualin Singleton, Regina Hughes, Lameisha Pikes, Savannah Fisher and Debra Dyson.

The St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office received two flower beds May 7 through a landscape project held by the LSU and Southern University AgCenter and St. Helena College and Career Academy’s Agriculture class.

Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent Ahmad R. Robertson; Louisiana Master Gardners Frances Davidson, Betty Curry and Ollie Fultz; St. Helena College and Career Academy; and Sheriff’s Office trustee inmates planned the flower and herb garden.

Increasing the understanding of agriculture, Robertson said, is essential to today’s students so they may become residents who support wise agricultural policies.

The students and trustees learned about planning, preparing, soil, spacing, depth and mulching. They planted annuals, perennials, herbs, Roselle Hibiscus and Louisiana Super Plants for beautification.

“The community surrounding your school deserves a beautiful and safe environment, and beautification projects may help encourage students and parents alike to participate more in your school’s social and academic life,” Robertson said.

The plants and materials were donated by Bracy’s Nursery, in Amite, and the Hammond Research Station.

The project was led by Robertson and St. Helena Sheriff Nathaniel Williams.

“The landscape beautification project is just another example of how close the local government and local schools work together to create an aesthetically pleasing entry feature the community can be proud of, while creating a sense of pride and unity amongst local citizens,” Robertson said.