Gardening pro receives $1k grant to build planters for visually impaired

Sky Holbrook first connected with members of White Cane Society when she began work as volunteer driver

When Sky Holbrook, a certified landscape technician, presented her idea to trustees at the Awesome Foundation of Sarnia, it was with a blindfold.

What better way, after all, to demonstrate how her “Project Sensory,” a plan to make planters that members of the White Cane Society, most of whom are visually impaired, could enjoy year long.

“Because they’re visually impaired, it would be best to use plants that offer both touch and smell,” said Holbrook, referring to plants like lavender and zebra plants. “Planting doesn’t require eyesight, just a guide. With help from volunteers, we could assist in making planters for them to care for.”

And since Holbrook won the hearts of the Awesome Foundation trustees for her project, the “could assist” can now be said to be “will assist.”

Holbrook says she will use the money to rent a space and purchase the supplies necessary to build at least a couple of dozen planters.

The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time.

Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1,000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.

Every chapter interprets “awesome” for itself. As such, awesome projects include initiatives in a wide range of areas including arts, technology, community development, and more. Many awesome projects are novel or experimental and evoke surprise and delight. Awesome sometimes challenges and often inspires.

Lynn Baarschers is the dean of the local chapter of the Awesome Foundation. She can be reached by email HERE.

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