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For Immediate Release: January 28, 2013

Huntsville Botanical Garden Names Buildings and Features for Longtime Garden Supporters

Monday, January 28, 2013
Carol Casey
Director of Marketing
Huntsville Botanical Garden
256-830-4447, ext. 290
256-655-6888 (cell)

Huntsville Botanical Garden Names Buildings and Features for Longtime Garden Supporters

The Huntsville Botanical Garden Advisory Board and Board of Directors met in a joint session today and recognized several key supporters.

The Arbor at the Garden will now be known as the Nichols Arbor in honor of Roy and Sue Nichols. The naming of the building recognizes the financial and personal commitment made to the Garden from Roy Nichols, who gave countless hours in the Gardens early years by developing the original strategic plan for the Garden. His analysis of business operations, defining the bylaws, establishing the Huntsville Botanical Garden Foundation and serving as Board Chair has been so valuable to the Garden. Roy and his wife, Sue,  provided critical financial support for the first Galaxy of Lights which, 17 years later, is the largest fundraiser for the Garden.

The Garden lake and fountain will now be known as Little Smith Lake in honor of the grandchildren of Linda J. Smith and her husband, the late Mark C. Smith. Linda Smith has served in many capacities during the early years of the Garden and was instrumental in the establishment of the Garden Guild. Most recently, Linda hosted a trip of Board members to visit another garden, which ultimately led to the redesign of the new Garden entrance. She has also funded many projects, unrecognized, and continues to respond to the needs of the Garden.

The Aquatic Garden will be known as the Damson Aquatic Garden in honor of Butch and Jerry Damson. Butch Damson has used her tenacity and leadership to engage many in the business community to provide early critical dollars to support the Garden. She was elected the first Board Chair of the Garden. Her enthusiasm and energy propelled membership growth and many highly successful fundraising activities during her two-year tenure. During one of her terms, she led a capital campaign that resulted in the building of the Aquatic Garden. The Damsons’ generosity to the Garden has continued and the entire family has remained supportive of Galaxy of Lights and other Garden projects.

Ruth and John Jurenko, members and generous supporters of the Garden for more than twenty years, recently donated the funds needed to complete the beautifully redesigned entrance off Bob Wallace Avenue. Wrought iron Garden Gates invite visitors to leave the everyday world and enter a realm of beauty and Southern hospitality. These gates will now be named for the Jurenkos.

Tine and John Purdy have thoughtfully and generously supported the Garden since our beginning. Their most recent donation to the Garden, and the largest single gift to the Garden Foundation to date, will provide the necessary funds to maintain the Butterfly House and the Garden for many years to come. The Butterfly House will now be known as the Tine and John Purdy Butterfly House.

Huntsville Botanical Garden is located at 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue in Huntsville, Alabama. Winter Garden hours are Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy a special $2 off winter discount during January and February. Rates are free for members and for non-members the rates are $10 for adults, $6 for children. Discounts apply for seniors and military. For more information on Huntsville Botanical Garden, visit hsvbg.org or call Carol Casey at 256-830-4447 ext. 290.

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