A Garden of Hope

By the editors of Ladies' Home Journal

When three smart friends, dozens of eager kids, several civic leaders, and a big national company all join together to do good, the results can be truly beautiful.

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Marcia Stephenson, Nicky DeAngelo, Janet Grayson
Photo by Nathan Gordon

A Seed of Hope

In 2002 three friends in Wilmington, Delaware, decide to enhance the look of their inner-city neighborhood. Marcia Stephenson, staffer at the Delaware Center for Horticulture, hair stylist Nicky DeAngelo, and bank-teller supervisor Janet Grayson find an empty city-owned lot and get permission to plant a garden there. The trio dig in, with the help of friends and neighbors and with plants contributed by the state's Department of Transportation.

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