If you have an old bridesmaid dress hanging in the back of your closet , SLU's department of nutrition and dietetics can give it a second life.
| Three scarecrows dancing in the wind watch over the traditional Three Sisters' Garden. Photo by Sara Savat
Members of the department are looking for dresses so flowing and flashy that they will scare away crows, sparrows and other pesky birds who otherwise might feast on crops in the department's fruit and vegetable garden on the medical center side of campus. Young participants in the department's culinary arts camp are dressing the decoys in wedding finery as part of their education on keeping gardens pest-free.
The scarecrow wedding collection is starting to take shape, says Millie Mattfeldt-Beman, Ph.D., chair of the department. Three scarecrows wearing gowns that billow in the wind are posed as dancers as they watch over the Three Sisters' Garden, a traditional Native American planting of corn, beans and squash.
The current piece de resistance, though, is a bridal scarecrow that wears a veil and a wedding dress that was unclaimed from the master gardener's closet by her sister, who apparently didn't need it for her three subsequent weddings, Mattfeldt-Beman said.
The goal is to have multiple bridal parties of scarecrows wearing outdated bridesmaid dresses, and the department needs your help for the ultimate recycling project. If you think you have a memorable dress might qualify, call 314-977-8523 for details on how to give your dress a new home.