Volunteerism grows at The Elizabethan Gardens

By on September 9, 2018

Youth from Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church, along a group from Illinois, spent a day volunteering at The Elizabethan Gardens.

It’s often said that “small acts transform the world.”

More than two dozen volunteers from Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church spent a June day assisting The Elizabethan Gardens in several projects. The result was transformative.

“When we put the call out for volunteers, I was contacted by the youth program about their mission week,” said Carl Curnutte, the Garden’s executive director.

“Their enthusiasm and willingness to get into the dirt and assist in raking, weeding, planting and preparing new beds inspired us. Not only did they leave their mark on the gardens, but they left a lasting impression with our staff as well.”

The gardens were created from the inspiration and perspiration of volunteers some 67 years ago, Curnutte explained. “We’ve are very grateful to volunteers of all ages and abilities.”

The youth group from KHUMC cleared and renovated three beds in the gardens, including clearing the way for a complete renovation of The Lost Colony Walk, which is a path that leads to the Roanoke Sound.

“We began our Youth OBX Mission Week seven years ago as a means of serving our home community and giving many youth an opportunity to participate,” said Kathy Weeks, youth director at KHUMC.

“This summer was the third time that O’Fallon First UMC youth, from Illinois, partnered with our youth in this endeavor. Everyone was so excited to help in The Elizabethan Gardens and (we) hope to have this opportunity again next summer.”

Improving the gardens and adding new elements are an ongoing part of the site, Curnutte said. “It’s a living museum of botanicals, and just like a museum, you constantly change, renovate or add new installations. In a single day, these youth tackled several projects that greatly assisted our efforts.”

For more information, including how to become a volunteer, call (252) 473-3234.

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