“I was a farm girl and my husband was a city boy,” says Rosella Fefercorn with a chuckle as she recounts how she began devoting her garden space to flowers rather than vegetables. “When we got married, he said, ‘Now look, Rosie, we’re going to give our business to the farmer’s market.”  With no need to grow vegetables, she devoted her garden to blooming varieties. Fast-forward fifty-plus years to see that this friend of Hennepin Technical College is still interested in everything that grows.

These days she’s excited about the Learning Garden on the Hennepin Technical College campus in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and the endowment she is funding through the Hennepin Technical College Foundation which will provide funds for future scholarships.

A member of the Robbinsdale Diggers Garden Club for 54 years, Fefercorn says it was through the club that she heard about the Learning Garden. In fact, the club president wanted the group to create a scholarship at the college in Fefercorn’s name. However, in Fefercorn’s mind, that was too much for the group to do. So the garden club donated money designated for future upkeep of the garden. For Fefercorn, the seed was planted.

“I’m a firm believer in kids having a chance at education,” says Fefercorn. “They need a start, and that’s what Hennepin Technical College provides.” Remembering her own children’s college expenses, Fefercorn knows that students can use help facing the cost of education. She’s glad that by establishing an endowment through the HTC Foundation, she’ll be funding scholarships that help future students afford that start toward attaining their educational goals.  

She’s also glad the garden club is involved in supporting the Learning Garden. As she points out, “It’s right in our own backyard.”  Fefercorn likes the fact that in addition to serving as a resource for HTC students, the garden provides an opportunity for members of the community to see how various plants and shrubs actually look in a garden setting before they decide to choose them for their own yards.

True to her farm girl upbringing, Rosella Fefercorn is dedicated to things that grow; from her own plants, to the Learning Garden, to her endowment through the HTC Foundation. So what’s the favorite flower of this veteran gardener?  “Every one that blooms,” Fefercorn says with a laugh.

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Last updated by jhanson : 2015-02-21 15:28:17