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“There was a greenhouse in the center of my high school’s courtyard. I wanted to take the course they taught there. I got in as a junior, loved it, and took the second installment as a senior. I’ve learned from a lot of people at the GWA Symposium but it saddens me there aren’t more Millenials and GenXers here. Everyone I talk to is working social media and building followings; so far I’m not doing much on social media.”

Jill Bondi is the marketing manager for Natural Garden Natives in St Charles, Illinois.

See the crowd under that tent? OK, maybe not so much. But many attendees of the #GWA14 Symposium in Pittsburgh were under that tent minutes before taking the field to perform a dance number. A few folks wandered along to University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning and ascended to an observation floor with spectacular views of the city. The tour stop in
Shenley Plaza provided time to relax, dance in the grass, visit with friends, eat lunch, and hand out seed packets to passers by.

Overlooking Shenley Plaza, University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning conceals many gems. At the entrance level, a Hogworts-style room serves as an open study area. On upper floors, there are classrooms themed after traditional schools of other nations. GWA members who took a pause from the garden tour explored this inspiring monument to knowledge.

Header image by Filipe Fortes

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