During its run online, any user could log on and control how the garden was tended to. For instance, you could enter commands to water flowers and a robotic arm above the garden would correspond by performing your task!

The website describes that the reason for this project was to give a peaceful community feeling where anyone can tend to plants peacefully. In the first year of being live, over 9000 members (there's no way that member level can be right ;) ) helped cultivate the garden at Southern Cal!

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