Cape Fear Community College has been awarded a grant from The Cape Fear Garden Club in the amount of $2,843 for a project that will create a rainwater harvesting system for the greenhouse and enhance the beautification of CFCC’s North Campus entrance. This project was created to provide a mineral-free source of greenhouse water, reduce the demand on water supply, and reduce runoff erosion.
Additionally, a variety of plant material will be placed in raised beds around the tower monument sign at the entrance to the North Campus. With the addition of six different plants and flowers, including Encore Azaleas, the tower monument will be a standing reminder of the Cape Fear Gardening Club’s goal of encouraging environmental improvement through civic development, beautification, restoration, and aiding in the protection and conservation of our native trees, plants and birds. CFCC’s North Campus, located in Castle Hayne, is home to half of the college’s 60 technical and vocational offerings.
When the rainwater harvesting system is complete, it will capture, divert, and store rainwater for later use. The harvesting system will also supply the irrigation system for the CFCC’s greenhouse, which is currently utilizing well water. CFCC Landscape Gardening students will be responsible for maintaining the system and will gain hands-on experience and a skill set that will help them in their future careers.
The Cape Fear Garden Club is the oldest and largest garden club in North Carolina and among the largest garden clubs in the nation. The organization is best known for creating the annual Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour, which features the finest and most exquisite gardens in the Wilmington area. Each year, The Cape Fear Garden Club awards thousands of dollars in grants for beautification, conservation, and educational projects.
The Landscape Gardening program at CFCC emphasizes practical, hands-on training in the field of horticulture to confidently prepare students for employment opportunities after graduation. In the program, students will take courses such as, plant identification, diseases and pests of plants, and landscape planning, maintenance, and construction.
For more information about the College, Foundation, endowments, or scholarship opportunities, please contact the CFCC Foundation at (910) 362-7331.