Master Planter

Reece Lyerly takes on a dirty job

By Steven Tingle
FEBRUARY 26, 2013

Reece Lyerly takes on a dirty job


Though he may look like he just stepped off the set of a Disney Channel musical, Greenville Forward’s Reece Lyerly likes to get dirty. The Furman graduate is director of Gardening for Good, a Greenville Forward program to promote, facilitate, and support community gardens in the greater Greenville area. “We define community gardens as a group of people gardening together,” says Lyerly, “which includes churches, schools, nonprofits, businesses, and neighborhood gardens.” The program is obviously taking root (pun intended), for at last count there are currently 70 community gardens in Greenville County. “Right now, education is where we are really putting our focus,” says Lyerly. “Teaching people how to grow, how to build soil quality, and how to expand and flourish.”  This is taking shape in the form of monthly workshops, a community garden “how-to” guide that will be released in March, and Lyerly’s completion of Clemson’s Master Gardener Program. “We’re also looking to do some really fun things, too, like garden concerts, tours, and picnics,” says Lyerly. “We don’t want people to just associate gardens with weeding.”


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