The garden is named for the late Thomas Andrade, and was built in collaboration with the RWU Community Partnerships Center (CPC).
Tom’s Grove Memorial Garden, an organic vegetable and flower garden at the Benjamin Church complex, was officially dedicated at a sunny reception and ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, May 31. The garden is named for the late Thomas Andrade, and was built in collaboration with the RWU Community Partnerships Center (CPC). It includes a sitting area for quiet reflection and two accessible beds for gardeners with disabilities.
“So many people say it takes a village to raise a child,” said Linda Heroux, who led the project along with Rick Hunter. “Well, it takes a village to make a garden too.”
Heroux thanked everyone for their help, including RWU student athletes and the Housing Authority maintenance team, while looking forward to the next phase which will include a garden shed and perhaps a pavilion.
“We couldn't have done it without your inspiration,” she said, “and we are looking forward to phase two and bigger things to come.”