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Volunteers landscape Davis entrance sign area

Submitted photo Mark Chapin, Sara Phares and Beverly Ellison work on the Town of Davis entrance sign landscaping project.

DAVIS — The entrance sign to the town of Davis has a new look, thanks to a volunteer project.

The Town of Davis’s entrance sign landscaping project was headed up by Master Gardener volunteer Mark Chapin. On May 10, Master Gardener volunteers placed timbers and planted the site. A tree will be added later, officials said.

Chapin worked with the Town of Davis to secure funding and obtain materials like boulders, timbers and soil to bring to the site for the landscaping project. He also planned and purchased what to plant around the sign.

The landscaping project is intended to enhance the look of the sign, which welcomes visitors to the area.

The Master Gardener Program is available in many West Virginia counties.

The WVU Extension Master Gardener Program provides people interested in gardening with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and sharpen their skills by taking part in Basic/Level 1 and Advanced/Level 2 training programs that provide in-depth training in various aspects of horticulture.

The program helps residents better understand horticultural and environmental issues through community engagement in gardening and beautification projects at schools, parks, public institutions, community organizations, and locations throughout the state.

Among the many benefits of getting involved with the WVU Extension Master Gardener program are getting to know more about gardening and horticulture to expand personal horizons and be able to help others, and to enjoy physical activity, social activity, self-esteem and nutrition.

For more information on becoming a Certified Master Gardener and to join the Randolph-Tucker Master Gardeners, contact WVU Tucker County Extension Agent Jesica Streets at 304-478-2949, extension 209.

Davis is a small municipality located in the mountains of Tucker County. At 3,520 feet elevation, Davis is the highest incorporated town in the state. It is located along the Blackwater River, a few miles north of Canaan Valley, the highest sizable valley east of the Mississippi.

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