Volunteers invited to help plant sunflowers

Volunteers are invited to help plant 10,002 Sunflowers at Jubilee Gardens on Phillips Street in honor of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Josh Taylor who died in a Nevada training exercise with six other marines.

This is the third year the community has come together to plant massive numbers of sunflowers, the second honoring Taylor, a Marietta High School graduate who had served in Afganistan.

Volunteers will work 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 17, at the new Jubilee Gardens organic community project along Phillips Street on the rear of the former Kardex or Remington Rand plant. Thirty garden plots are available to area residents who are willing to use only organic practices and to assist with the garden’s upkeep.

The mammoth sunflowers are being planted to help beautify the 11- acre former industrial site and to provide color in the residential neighborhood near the city’s largest elementary school and the county Head Start program.

Volunteers assisting with the project will be provided sunflower seeds they may take to plant around their homes or elsewhere in their communities in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

For information or to volunteer: OSU Master Gardener Roger G. Kalter at (740) 373-1784 or rogerkalter1@yahoo.com

For garden plots: Jim Couts at (740) 706-4672.