Hathaway-Sycamores and Western Asset Dig in for Sixth Annual “Plant a Garden Day”

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in News | 0 comments

For the sixth consecutive year, community-minded employees from Pasadena investment-services firm Western Asset devoted this past Saturday to replanting a garden that will yield both fresh produce and therapeutic benefits. The annual “Plant a Garden Day” event took place at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ Highland Park Family Resource Center (840 N. Ave. 66, Highland Park).

Hathaway-Sycamores and Western Asset Dig at the Sixth Annual “Plant a Garden Day”

(front) Myriam Bianco, Carla Cid, Guadalupe Cid, Marcos Montanez, Xiuhcoatl Ricardo, Ethan Ramirez, Jose Cid, Yaocihuatl Ricardo, Melissa Garcia; (middle) Aldo Ramirez, Diego Garcia; (back): Julia Lai, Jemesha Smith, Rob Myers, Perry Bacino, Kathy Driscoll, Tony Ruysde Perez, Steve Bianco, Heidi Kircher, Cooper Szto, August Bianco, Trisha Szto.

The Western Asset crew was joined by members of Hathaway-Sycamores’ staff, along with neighborhood kids and families who utilize the Highland Park Family Resource Center’s free services, including afterschool enrichment programs, college-prep programs, individual as well as family counseling, and legal services. Together, the group leveraged their gardening skills and planted aloe, basil, thyme, green onions, oregano, spearmint, tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, watermelon and corn. Western Asset helped create the Family Resource Center garden six years ago and has returned each spring to refresh and replant.

The garden serves multiple purposes. Come harvest time, for example, herbs and vegetables will make their way from the garden to Family Resource Center cooking classes, where youngsters try their hand at healthy recipes. The garden additionally reaps therapeutic benefits. Hathaway-Sycamores’ therapists provide counseling at the Family Resource Center, and they’ve found that the garden serves as a nurturing, nonthreatening space that enables youngsters to more openly engage in talk therapy. Hathaway-Sycamores’ clinicians also invite parents to take part in these therapeutic- gardening sessions as a means of spending quality, connected time with their children.

Children, teens, and families interested in services available through Hathaway-Sycamores’ Highland Park Family Resource Center should (323) 257-9600 or send us an email.

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