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Loretta Purdy Spencer Volunteer Tribute Garden

The seed that sprouted to become Huntsville Botanical Garden was sown by volunteers 25 years ago. Fourteen founders, who had a vision for a world-class garden, are responsible for the first chapter in a story that is continually written each and every day by volunteers who share a love for the Garden and our community. In celebration of our 25th anniversary and the volunteer spirit which contributes to the Garden’s amazing development, a special area is being developed to honor our volunteers.

View May 4, 2013 ribbon cutting video.

Our growth is indebted to every volunteer who has contributed their time, but there are some who have gone above and beyond. An area in our Volunteer Tribute Garden awaits those who have been awarded the Butch Damson Volunteer of the Year Award, as well as those who have been celebrated with the Vernon Bush Distinguished Service Award.

The Volunteer Tribute Garden was designed by Harvey Cotten and Steve Kennamer. It features flowers and plants chosen specifically to honor the volunteer spirit. Decorative 8″x8″ pavers surrounding the medallion will include words, such as “Dream,” that pertain to the volunteer spirit unique to our Garden. Plaza Pavers in 8”x8” squares, also surrounding the medallion, will be available for engraving, as will bricks, suitable for naming opportunities. Two 5’ brick pathways extending from either side of the plaza will include recognition of special Garden volunteers, such as past Board Chairs and past Garden Guild Presidents. A stone seating area will give visitors an opportunity to rest and reflect within the garden. Plantings will include a variety of trees and shrubs including “Invincible Spirit” hydrangeas to honor the heart of volunteerism and rosemary shrubs symbolizing remembrance of those who have served our Garden well.

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