The Victorian-themed garden honoring the memory of Ferris State University co-founder Helen Gillespie Ferris will be dedicated on the morning of Homecoming, October 9, 2010. Among the plants will be a shrub propagated from one of Helen's original plants from the site of the Ferris home in Big Rapids.
Ferris State University horticulture student Josh Ackerman produced the winning design, chosen by John Vanderploeg, Ferris professor of Biology and coordinator of the Ornamental Horticulture Technology program along with the input of other project leaders.
Join Ackerman, Vanderploeg and others influential to the project on the morning of Homecoming for the dedication ceremony in front of the Prakken Building at the corner of Ives and Oak in Big Rapids, Mich.
Follow this link to read more about Helen's Garden
*SPECIAL NOTE: John Vanderploeg will appear on the "Ferris State Live" television program broadcast around Northern Michigan on Fox 33 this Thursday at 10:30 p.m. He will discuss the horticulture program and Helen's Garden. Later, the broadcast of the show will be streamed at ferrisstate.tv