A raffle for a handmade quilt, made by the Seam Rippers of South China, will take place Oct. 16. The quilt is on exhibit in the Visitors Center of the Viles Arboretum. Proceeds will benefit the Permaculture Project.

The project is the latest addition to our botanical collections at the arboretum and it features a holistic and ecology based approach to gardening where replicating ecosystem functions supports the production of food for humans and for wildlife.

Due to the tiered system of planting, refuge is provided for beneficial insects which in turn ensure that other insects that normally become pests of vegetables, fruits and berries are kept in check eliminating the need for pesticides.As this collection develops, attendees can see a variety of edible plants being incorporated into the mix from hazelnuts to paw paw, various herbs, mulberries and other edible species.

The fundraiser was spearheaded by Dianne Weber who with her husband Roger Weber has been a supporter of this project and of the Arboretum.

Raffle tickets cost $3 each or $5 for two, tickets can be purchased at the Arboretum.

For more information, visit vilesarboretum.org, or call 626-7989.