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On Thursday, June 8, Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu was honored for assisting the Deep South Texas Master Gardeners and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension with the county's educational garden.
Commissioner Cantu and his staff rebuilt a pavilion and added much-needed electricity to the garden for lighting and irrigation.
Ashley Gregory, the county's Horticultural Agent for the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension talked about the improvements to the educational garden.
"The garden was built by the community for the community and has fulfilled its role," said Gregory. "In 2016, 35 workshops were held reaching over 750 people. So far in 2017, they have hosted 12 workshops with 186 participants."
Gregory presented Commissioner Cantu with a plaque, fruit basket and ornamental plant -- all grown in the garden. Commissioner Cantu humbly accepted. He praised his staff who were instrumental in the creation of the new pavilion and he pledged to continue working with Deep South Texas Master Gardener Association and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Services to bring gardening education to Precinct 2 residents.
The Deep South Texas Master Gardener Association is a group of volunteers from the community that have a passion for giving back and educating their community about gardening and environmental stewardship. This garden is an amazing example of what can be accomplished through collaboration and working with the community.
The educational garden is located behind the San Juan Community Resource Center at 509 E. Earling Road. It is free and open to the public on Monday's and Thursday's from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. For more information, call (956) 383-1026.
Click the video below to learn more.