Thanks to the girls and mothers of the National Charity League’s (NCL) Orchard Valley Chapter, based in Los Altos, families of those affected by autism are enjoying a blooming vertical garden, pictured above, at the Autism Diagnostics & Consulting Center in Los Altos. The teens of NCL’s Class of 2018 built the garden for their senior project. The garden is the culmination of the girls’ six years in the organization, which encourages volunteer work and fosters leadership development. NCL members Margo Thornton and Kristina Claras each devoted approximately 50 hours of work in planning, designing, coordinating and building. Each of the 20 girls in the Class of 2018 worked an additional 10-15 hours to complete the garden. The girls had raised funds for the project by hosting a pancake breakfast earlier in the year. For more information, visit orchardvalley.nationalcharityleague.org.