Putnam County garden gives veterans chance to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers

National Guard members put the first plants a veterans garden at Valley Park in Hurricane. (WCHS/WVAH)

Veterans will have a chance to grow fresh fruits, vegetables herbs and flowers at a community garden in Putnam County.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held 11 a.m. Friday at Valley Park to celebrate the expansion of the Highmark Community Garden, according to a news release from the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission.

Funded by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia, the garden features 25 raised bed plots, including four handicap-accessible beds, a sidewalk, park benches, picnic tables and a memorial wall.

Parks officials said the raised beds will come in three sizes – 2-by-8 feet (for flowers and herbs only), 4-by-8 feet and 4-by-10 feet. There will be no cost to veterans and their families, and they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Anyone who has questions about the veterans garden may contact Jarrod Dean at 304-562-0518 or

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