Audubon, PA – Years ago, a Christian Brother planted a patch of day lilies at St. Gabriel’s AHall, a residential treatment program for adjudicated youth located in Audubon.
Now in its tenth year, the horticultural program prepares young men for careers in gardening and landscaping. The initiative is one of four career technical education (CTE) modules offered at St. Gabriel’s, a Middle States accredited facility in which 143 young men between the ages of 11 and 18 are now enrolled. The other three CTE tracks offer instruction in culinary arts, building maintenance and construction, and Microsoft Office systems.
Students in the horticultural program gain hands-on experience through a range of groundskeeping tasks on St. Gabriel’s extensive campus, which includes a sanctuary garden for meditation, several plant beds and sweeping lawns.