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Transylvania garden cart rolls over dreary-day blues

Students planting herbs

The Transy Garden behind Poole Residence Hall is looking a bit lifeless these days, but students are keeping its spirit alive with a mobile plant cart.

Yesterday the Transylvania Environmental Action League and Office of Student Wellbeing wheeled the cart out to Alumni Plaza, and around 50 students potted herbs like basil and chives in recycled pots they decorated.

“It’s an attempt to maintain growing things during the winter months as a way to advertise the Transy Garden and continue producing through the year,” said TEAL’s garden chair Emily Neat. Plus, working with some greenery could be a mood booster on a chilly, gray day like yesterday.

“Someone told me — ‘this is just what I needed today’ — which made the mental impact the event had on students just as potent as the environmental awareness it raised,” Neat said.

When it’s not rolling around campus, the garden cart will be in a Beck Center nutrition and exercise science room.

Neat said it’ll add “a bit of nature to wherever it is stored.”

TEAL garden chair Emily Neat