Since its inception in 1948, thousands of Bloomington children have learned the benefits of gardening and have a new appreciation for nature that stays with them throughout their lives. Hilltop still receives emails and visits from past Hilltoppers, saying how much the youth garden program still influences their lives. “I continue to be a passionate perennial gardener and I know that interest/passion is partially a credit to the folks at Hilltop. I just wanted you to know what a difference you can and do make. Thank you for the work you do.” –Hilltopper, ‘74-’76.