First Lady Jane Beshear Dedicates New Environmentally Friendly Governor’s Garden

New Environmentally Friendly Governor’s Garden at the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville

First Lady Jane Beshear joined honored guests and campers to dedicate the state’s newest Governor’s Garden at the Center for Courageous Kids (CCK) in Scottsville, Ky.

Check out the press release.

The Governor’s Garden initiative was launched by Mrs. Beshear to promote awareness about the benefits of locally grown produce and reducing Kentucky’s carbon footprint. In the press release Mrs. Beshear said gardening is an exceptional way to teach children math, agriculture, healthy eating and the importance of environmental responsibility. CCK, the site of the new Governor’s Garden, is a world class medical camp that serves children and families from across the country that are living with a variety of medical challenges, free of charge. The produce harvested at CCK’s Governor’s Garden is used on-site in their dining hall.

One of the neat environmentally responsible features of the CCK Governor’s Garden is that crumb rubber mulch, made from recycled scrap tires, was used around trees and shrubs throughout the facility.


The Kentucky Division of Waste Management was honored to award the crumb rubber grant for this part of the project. The crumb rubber grants program, administered by the division’s Recycling and Local Assistance Branch, encourages environmental stewardship and promotes projects that will use recycled Kentucky waste tires in an environmentally beneficial way.

Earlier this year, a press release was issued with a list of the 2013 crumb rubber grant
 which also includes funding for a walking trail and 18 playground projects throughout the Commonwealth.