On Wednesday, October 17th we officially welcomed the James Hubbell Gate into our garden. Back-to-back with this celebration was a garden tour given to a group of people attending the No Excuses University conference in San Diego. Garden Ambassadors gave tours for a half an hour, and then we kicked off the ceremony.
Here’s me reviewing last minute tour details with the ambassadors:
The gate is tied up with a ribbon.
Just a taste of Rita’s always-remarkable catering:
Show time! Garden Ambassadors do their thing, informing the guests about the section of the garden at which they are stationed.
This ambassador is standing behind a display of student photography detailing the creation of the gate.
The entomology club talks to guests!
A student plays fiddle for guests who are being seated, just as he promised in his application:
Sixth grade students read poetry written about the gate:
I greet the crowd and give a speech, explaining “… this is a story of many things: of dreams turned into reality, the making of new friendships, the power of imagination to reshape reality, the generosity of our community to the benefit of children and the doorway to new chapters.”
L to R: Susi Jones (Executive Director of Pathways), Kevin Ogden (Julian Elementary Principal and Superintendent), Ann and James Hubbell, me, John Wheelock (artistic colleague of James who worked on gate), Mike Gallo (who established the Pamela Gallo fund at the United Methodist Church which funded the gate) and Dawn King (pastor at Julian Community United Methodist Church.)
Snip! goes the ribbon.
The children walk through, as they will be doing for decades to come!