Ferrum News

Ferrum Community Plants Memorial Garden for Jessica Goode


For immediate release:
April 27, 2010
Contact: John Carlin, (540) 365-4300



The Ferrum College community is creating a lasting tribute to Jessica Goode, a student who was tragically killed in a hunting incident near campus in November 2009. Faculty, students and staff are working on the Jess Goode Memorial Native Plant Garden in the Ferrum College Arboretum, and plan to have it completed before May 8, the day Jess was to have graduated.

“Her family will be here that day, and we want this to be here for them,” said Bob Pohlad, the Ferrum College Professor who is heading up the effort. The garden will include two witch hazel trees on the either end and a weeping redbud in the center. “The trees flower at different times of year, so it should be beautiful throughout the warm weather months,” Pohlad explained.

The choice of plants was “perfect” according to Ferrum College senior Regis Boudinot, a friend of Goode’s who was also injured in the incident. “Jess loved cool looking trees. She liked the woods a lot. This is the closest you can come to making a little forest for her,” he said.

Students from 3 classes, Environmental Issues in Appalachia, Introduction to Horticulture and Greenhouse Management all participated by raking soil into place and generally carving the garden out of a section of lawn near the small stream that flows out of Adams Lake on the Ferrum College campus. They were assisted by other members of the Ferrum faculty and staff.

A plaque dedicating the space to Goode will be placed in the garden, along with a locally harvested black locust bench donated by Paul Simms of Ferrum, that will give visitors a resting and reflecting place.

Pohlad said the space would be completed by May 1 with plantings of wildflowers anticipated in the future by other Ferrum community members.