Volunteers clean up Fellows Riverside Gardens despite staff cuts

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A community effort to clean up Fellows Riverside Gardens took place Saturday.

Still dealing with February staff cuts and several resignations from volunteers due to those cuts, the garden looks to be in good condition despite the setbacks.

Board meetings this August and September could bring back the Master Gardener Program, which has been a big part in keeping the displays so neat.

But, as Gardens Director Andrew Pratt explained, that isn’t the only hurdle the Valley’s favorite garden faces.

“It’s also been extremely dry, as anybody knows who lives in northeast Ohio, so we’re fighting that. Not all of our areas are irrigated, some of our lawn areas are, some of our bed areas are, so there’s a little bit of a struggle in that,” Pratt said.

Pratt went on to say that the quality of the garden depends on the season, but that board members will evaluate this year and plan to address any future staffing needs.

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