Photo by Heather BellA happy scarecrow welcomes people, and ideally keeps pests away, at the Radford Community Garden these days as the seedlings emerge for this growing season.

Heather Bell

RADFORD – A happy scarecrow welcomes people, and ideally keeps pests away, at the Radford Community Garden these days as the seedlings emerge for this growing season.

Garden Coordinator Jim Graham, who has been at the helm of the garden since it began more than a decade ago, said earlier this week the garden is well underway and there are still three plots open for anyone interested in getting involved.

Graham also told the story behind the new scarecrow presiding over the garden.

“An early 1950’s graduate of Radford High School who lived in Newport News and passed away last spring had a large garden in that area and the scarecrow was in his garden,” said Graham. “His son, Matt Sutphin,…



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