Washington Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz was dripping sweat after a workout with a power tiller during the construction of a People’s Garden, at William B. Powell Elementary School, in Washington, DC, on Thursday, June 9, 2011. The professional hockey player did more than a celebrity appearance; he spent hours working with several project teams; gloves on; putting power and hand tools to their test. Volunteers from U.S. Department of Agriculture People’s Garden Executive Master Gardener program and Washington Capitals hockey organization, along with defenseman Jeff Schultz, and mascot Slapshot transformed a grassy corner of the Powell Elementary School playground into a habitat garden and outdoor learning area on Thursday, June 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. Executive Master Gardeners led the volunteer project teams. The Capitals donated new tools; tool shed; garden materials; lunch; most of the volunteers and more. The 100+ degree heat index and harder than expected soil, contributed to only 60% of the planned projects being completed in the sweltering heat. The completed projects included a walking path; tiling of garden plots; planting a bird habitat garden, pollinator garden and native grasses; caterpillar and butterfly plaques; hummingbird and bat house, and tool shed. The garden will later include a picnic area, outdoor classroom, hummingbird garden, Monarch watch garden, native bee garden, and birdbath. USDA challenges its employees to establish People’s Gardens at USDA facilities worldwide or on this case, help communities create gardens. People’s Gardens vary in size and type, but all have a common purpose – to help the community and the environment. USDA photo by Lance Cheung.