Author: Charlotte Anthony | Category: Community Outreach | June 17, 2015
Russell Prichard is a garden person. If you sat down and
spoke to him, you would notice that he’s constantly making gardening
“I can’t help it---I really like gardening a lot,” Prichard
Prichard along with his fellow medical school classmates
Alice Yang and Henderson Jones started the UT Health Science Center Garden
Health Interest Group.
The group is growing rapidly had has united over 30 people
within the five schools- School
of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
“We just have a really good synergy,” Jones explained. “Growing
things is something that unites us all.”
So far, the group has created a healing and meditation
garden in front of the school. The group hopes to expand and create a vegetable
garden in the local San Antonio area.
“2000 years ago medicine was plants—people would crush it in
a mortar and pestle,” Jones said. “The garden is half educational but it’s also
a great place to just relax--I have an exam tomorrow and I just want a place to
rest and think.”
Yang explained that the garden also pairs well with the UT
Health Science Center Library’s collection of rare
“We really wanted to bring that history and connection back
which is why we have chosen plants with a medicinal purposes,” Yang said. “It’s
a great way for people to learn about succulents that grow right here in San
Prichard explained that the group has something for
everyone—whether it’s the symbolism, activism, or even the community service
As part of an effort to share responsibility, different
people have taken different tasks. Prichard explained that some people are
researching the plants, some are writing descriptions for the plaques, and some
people are physically planting the garden.
“People really like that this is something they have to work
for. We started this seed and we now hope that it will grow with the UTHSCSA
community,” Prichard said. “If we don’t take time to work at it, it won’t grow
on its own.”
The group would like
to give a special thanks to Assistant Vice President for Facilities
Raymond Martin and Assistant Director, Grounds and Auto Shop David Brahm for their help. If you would like to join the Garden Health Interest Group, please email YangA4@livemail.uthscsa.edu.
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