On Sept. 27-29, parents and families visited NC State’s campus for the annual Parents and Families Weekend. Festivities included a Kickoff Event at the E. Carroll Joyner Visitor Center, Welcome Reception and Chocolate Festival on Friday; a home football game against Central Michigan and tailgate on Saturday; and a planting service project and brunch on Sunday.
More than 100 family volunteers registered for the planting service project at Bragaw Hall on Sunday. The 15th annual project partnered students and families with University Housing and Parents and Families Services to help beautify West Campus. After planting 30 three-gallon pots of Barbecue Rosemary, 126 four-inch pots of Hot and Spicy Oregano, 17 three-gallon pots of Dwarf Yaupon Holly and 175 one-gallon pots of Variegated Liriope in several new beds behind the residence hall, volunteers enjoyed brunch at Fountain Dining Hall.
"The new retaining wall was built using reclaimed brick from assorted projects from around campus," said Dallas Bretzman, Grounds Management Facilities Maintanence Supervisor. "The new landscape is meant to cover both form and function. Aesthetically, it is pleasing, but you can also use the oregano and rosemary for cooking on the grill. The rosemary stems are sturdy enough to be used as skewers in grilling and are fragrant and flavorful. The oregano is fragrant, attracting bees and butterflies, with a pungent flavor and mild heat."