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Volunteers Revive Charlottesville Garden

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Hundreds of volunteers have put years of work into restoring a Charlottesville garden.

Even though it's right off of a busy intersection, many people don't even know it's there. The Rock Hill Garden is right off of the Route 250 Bypass near McIntire Park.

It's rich in history and now the area is being revived by volunteers in partnership with the Monticello Area Community Action Agency, or MACCA.

The Rock Hill Garden has gone from being owned by a priest who welcomed people of all races and religions, to a white-only private school, to now, once again, a community space.

With 200 volunteers and 2,000 donated plants, the once abandoned garden has come to life again.

"It's like a little Central Park right here in Charlottesville," said volunteer Carol Garges.

The garden is eight acres and includes a creek, a zen garden and hand-crafted stone walls.

"I really wanted the community to know that this is what you can do - you can just volunteer and you can make a big difference in your community and I think that's what's really important," Garges said.

Although no specific plans have been hashed out yet for the future of the garden, Garges said she hopes that it can one day be an open public space.

"Just have people come here and get to enjoy this piece of paradise in the middle of Charlottesville," she said.

Garges wants the project to generate more attention and funds for MACCA, and she would love to have more volunteers help with the continued process of renovating the garden.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact MACCA.

In the meantime, MACCA is hosting a formal dinner and silent auction Saturday to raise money for all of its programming. The event, called "Men Who Cook," takes place Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Omni Hotel in downtown Charlottesville.

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