Groundbreaking held for Montgomery Botanical Garden at Oak Park - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Groundbreaking held for Montgomery Botanical Garden at Oak Park

Posted: Updated:
Oak Park Oak Park
Groundbreaking ceremony for Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park. Groundbreaking ceremony for Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park.
  • More newsMore>>

  • Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

    Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:43 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:43:54 GMT
    President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism after more...More >>
    The nation's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday he would recommend that the United States consider deploying ground forces to Iraq if President Barack Obama's expanded air campaign to destroy Islamic...More >>
  • Ukraine legislators ratify landmark EU deal

    Ukraine legislators ratify landmark EU deal

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:43 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:43:09 GMT
    The city council in Donetsk says three people have been killed and five wounded in shelling overnight in the city in eastern Ukraine.More >>
    Ukraine's parliament ratified a landmark association agreement with the European Union on Tuesday, firmly pivoting the country toward the West and drawing a line under the issue that last year sparked massive protests...More >>
  • Lake Martin home total loss after fire Saturday

    Lake Martin home total loss after fire Saturday

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:41:51 GMT
    The Real Island Fire Department says homeowners are picking up the pieces after a fire that occurred on Saturday at Lake Martin. Officials say they believe the fire was started by lighting in the atticMore >>
    The Real Island Fire Department says homeowners are picking up the pieces after a fire that occurred Saturday at Lake Martin.More >>

The Montgomery Botanical Garden at Oak Park held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning. On hand were city leaders including Mayor Todd Strange, Montgomery School Board President Eleanor Dawkins, Tom McLemore, Nash Cooley and Ethel Boykin-Dozier. 

The donations from Capital City Master Gardeners and Junior Thespian Literary Club provided the seed monies to begin the work of the Montgomery's Botanical Garden at Oak Park. The donors were recognized at the groundbreaking ceremony.

The vision is to make the gardens a destination location for the city, complete with colorful plants, trees, and flowers.  The long term plan includes a museum and educational offerings for children.  The Botanical Gardens will be paid for and kept up by volunteers from the Friends of the Montgomery Botanical Gardens Club.  The city will only provide the land inside Oak Park.

The Gardens will reflect the important history of Montgomery and provide a beautiful and educational green space while incorporating the work of artists from around the State of Alabama. 

The Montgomery Botanical Garden will achieve this by focusing on six key concepts that underscore a new role for Oak Park:

• A destination-location for those traveling through Montgomery and for our citizenry

• A natural science-based educational experience

• A role model for environmentally-sound, sustainable horticultural practices

• An important and profitable venue for events and functions

• A plant collections-based living museum

• A museum of Alabama outdoor art.

Through fundraising, advocacy and volunteerism, Montgomery Botanical Garden at Oak Park will restore, preserve and further develop Oak Park as a resource for economic development, community enjoyment and education.  The Montgomery Botanical Garden at Oak Park will promote knowledge and appreciation of plants, the environment, history and art through educational offerings.

 

Powered by WorldNow