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Booker T. Washington neighborhood opens Garden of Hope

Community members of the Booker T. Washington shoveling and planting at the new Garden of Hope. Community members of the Booker T. Washington shoveling and planting at the new Garden of Hope.

MYRTLE BEACH (WMBF) - The Booker T. Washington community in Myrtle Beach is trying to bring back life to its historic neighborhood. Today, the community took a step toward that by opening its brand new Garden of Hope. It took four years to plan and complete the community garden that took the place of an unused field on Carver Street.

It costs 25 dollars to have a plot where you can plant fruit, flowers, and vegetables the entire year. Produce grown at the garden are planned to be sold at a local farmer's market.

The Boys and Girls Club and the Girl Scouts both have two plots each in the garden already. By bringing youth to the garden, city council hopes to bridge the age gap and get everyone involved in the community.

Ella Thomas' barbershop is right next to the garden. She has worked there for 49 years and says, “[There has been] an increase in business here, the garden has brought a great impression on the barbershop and this area because of the Boys and Girls Club across the street.”

The last of 16 garden beds was taken up at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, but city council says it's looking to extend the garden and add more plots for the 6 people on the waiting list.

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