Successful capital campaign funds Gardens upgrades

Patrons’ generosity in the recently completed Central Gardens’ capital campaign celebrating its 20th anniversary has funded over two dozen different improvement projects and allowed the board to direct $175,000 to the permanent endowment. CGNI board president Becke Dorenbush noted that, “Central Gardens is always a work in progress, but these improvements will position it as a premier destination for the next 20 years.  We are so grateful to all who supported us in this effort.”  (A complete listing of donors to the capital campaign can be found in an ad in this week’s issue of the Mirror-Reporter). Honorary co-chairs of the capital campaign were Paul Barnds and Shawn Sabin, Corine Hadley, and Diane and Gary Laabs.  Community canvassers were Kirby Schmitt and John Sorenson.  

Visitors will note various improvements right as they enter the main entrance, including new finials and an arch that mirrors the iconic Moongate overlooking the Ceremonial Lawn.  The fountain was refurbished, a donor’s plaque added, a brick staging area to extend the performance area of the Gazebo is being laid, welcome center bulletin boards are being replaced, and landscape enhancements were also completed. Banners promoting Central Gardens hang on 8th Street utility poles.  

The most obvious addition is at the Activity Lawn, where a new Council Ring meeting area, designed to pay homage to the Native American heritage of the grounds, was added.  Limestone cubes for seating will be added as people sponsor them.  Next to the Activity Lawn, the Bee Happy Discovery Garden will expand and add visual enhancements for gardeners of all ages to enjoy.  At the far east end of the Activity Lawn a much-needed mulch pit has been added.  

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