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Hall Fletcher Elementary students prepare for garden stroll

The ninth annual West Asheville Garden Stroll is set for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, but the kickoff ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. at Hall Fletcher Elementary School. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The ninth annual West Asheville Garden Stroll is set for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, but the kickoff ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. at Hall Fletcher Elementary School.

Ms. Summer and a group of kindergartners have been busy checking the progress in the school garden in preparation for this year's event. She uses the garden area to teach children about the life cycle and to give them a better appreciation of where their food comes from.

The purpose of the garden stroll is to show off the public spaces that provide beautification and education.

This is the fourth year the program has provided grant money to help enhance the gardens, like the pizza oven in the school garden

"We wanted to fund that in large part because this was going to be one of the centers for this community, one of the reasons to have that garden, one way to bring the parents as well as the kids together here at the school," Chas Jansen, of West Asheville Garden Stroll, said.

"I love to hear the stories from parents about things that their kids have said or tried or done, cooked or helped in the kitchen because of things that we've done in the class," Summer, a teacher, said. "That's another reason why we like to have people come out and share their stories."

Some 15 public locations will be included in the stroll that is free and open to the public.

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