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Martha’s Garden to be complete by Homecoming

Student-led initiative to memorialize beloved alumna will give Wofford community a new campus green space.

Victoria Biggers ’17 never knew the late Martha Cammack ’13, but that didn't stop her from creating a new green space on campus in Cammack's memory.

Martha's Garden will be dedicated during Homecoming Weekend with a special ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. The new green space, which will be located beside Lesesne Hall across from the Pavilion, will honor Cammack's love of people and the environment.

Cammack passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 12, 2013 while visiting Wofford for Homecoming. Biggers, at the time, was a first-year student who had just been initiated into Kappa Alpha Theta, also Cammack's sorority. 

“I had never met Martha, but it was really hard for me to see the rest of the women of Theta grieving so hard from losing their friend. I wanted to be able to support my sisters, but I didn’t know how,” says Biggers.

The more she learned about Cammack, the more Biggers felt compelled to honor her. 

“One of the reasons I came to Wofford is because the campus is so beautiful, it is absolutely gorgeous, but there’s not really a space to go that’s in nature," says Biggers. "There are tables outside the library, a bench here or there besides academic buildings, but there’s not really a space that encompasses nature."

Biggers connected with Ryann Kroske McCall ’13, a dear friend of Cammack's. McCall works on campus as the marketing coordinator for development. Cammack was a bridesmaid in her wedding, and McCall's husband designed the plans for the garden.

“Victoria reached out to me, and I’m so thankful she did,” says McCall. “Since both my husband and I knew Martha personally, we have worked with Victoria to create a space that encompasses Martha’s personality.”

The two-year process to create Martha's Garden has involved gaining project approval, designing the space and raising the funds to make the plans a reality. Biggers raised more than $22,000 for the project, including Cammack's family and friends.

“It’s amazing to see this project coming to fruition,” says McCall. “Despite the sadness of the situation, so much positivity has come about from this project. The widespread support and the opportunity to meet people who are willing to invest their time and money makes me especially grateful for the Wofford community.”

Biggers hopes that, following the completion of the project, the green space will be a popular gathering space on campus.

“The design plans are very much representative of Martha’s personality. The benches face each other so that people can sit together and interact. We want it to be a space that students can use, friends can use, and classes can use,” says Biggers. “It isn’t that she was in Theta, or in RUF, or an environmental studies major. She was a Wofford student and was involved like all other students here, so I hope that the Wofford family can think of it as a Wofford space meant to memorialize a special woman.”

According to McCall, "the project speaks volumes, not only to the kind of person Martha was, but to the kind of person Victoria is."