La Mesa, Lemon Grove In Cable Spotlight

LEMON GROVE -- La Mesa and Lemon Grove will be in the national spotlight thanks to film crews and landscaping talents that recently worked to rehab two local properties.

Crews sponsored by Scotts Miracle-Gro Company working under the watchful eyes of DIY Network cameras,  reworked the landscaping of a La Mesa residential property several weeks ago and worked with hundreds of volunteers to transform a Lemon Grove elementary school's garden. Community crews are back this week finishing some of the  work to make it more permanent than the show's crews were able to do in a day. Volunteers from La Mesa's Journey Church were relaying pavers that were quickly spread out for the TV shoot several weeks ago.

The effort was part TV show and part corporate donation.

"The Scotts company wanted to give something back to the community,'' said Thomas McCaskey, Scotts' Sales Manager for the San Diego region. The company donated products used to refurbish the gardens and the school's young artists painted hundreds of pavers used to line the walkways between beds that, by day's end, were planted with vegetables, herbs and fruit trees.

Heidi Berganer (pictured right), principal of San Miguel Elementary school, rounded up more than 450 local volunteers to work with the Scotts crews in two-hour shifts to resurrect the school's suffering vegetable garden with the hope of turning it into a full-fledged community garden.

"We have a church with a food bank right next door," Berganer said. "We want to share our food with them and with our watchful and supportive neighbors. We also want to get the products of this garden into our own cafeteria as well.''

San Miguel's 650 students also pitched in, moving stones and starting the weeding process.

Landscaping crews added drip lines to the garden that had hand-painted pavers, a raised bed and a new sign (see photo below).

The La Mesa and Lemon Grove segments are expected to air on DIY Network in March.



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