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Hilltop Garden and Nature Center

George Archer, a Bloomington man who died last year at age 100, supported himself by caring for other people's lawns and property. Archer left his entire $650,000 estate to Indiana University's Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. The funds will primarily assist the garden's youth programs.

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A 1968 photo of a 10-year-old girl holding up a giant zucchini inspired the idea of the bequest. Initially, the Archer Fund will provide full scholarships for 10 children in Hilltop's Youth Garden Program, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington.

Director Greg Speichert cares for Hilltop today.

A variety of vegetables and plants are planted at Hilltop.

Hilltoppers participated in a youth gardening program in the summer of 2004.

Connor Brinkley, 6, watered a plot of vegetables recently.

Ryon Wheeler of the Boys and Girls Club in Bloomington tours Hilltop Garden with a group of youth from the program.