Mike HarperWhen people ride by our corner of East Furlow and Elm Avenue in Americus’ historic district, they are frequently struck the bright color and greenery that springs from year-round plantings. Recognition for this effort must go to peers and staff alike.

One peer who has made a major contribution is Mike Harper. This Ellaville resident is known for his quiet demeanor and the dedication he has to his gardening efforts. He is seen as a model peer with a work ethic that promotes peer partnership.

“Mike is seen throughout the planting area of our campus as he plants tomatoes, onions and colorful bedding plants,” Stuart Perry notes. “With his planting skills and awareness of planting hole depth, root separation, and watering, Mike has become known as ‘the perfect planter.’”

Mike, like other peers, uses his gardening efforts as both recreation and a way to build skills that help him in his recovery. “I am proud of Mike,” Stuart concludes. “I hope he will grow his own championship tomatoes at home!”

In the photo, Mike Harper works on small plants on the Perry Wellness Center campus.

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