A ceremony celebrating the life the Charlotte Justin was held this morning in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens with the dedication of a cedar pergola in her honor.
Family and friends of Charlotte gathered under the beautifully crafted pergola made by master carpenter Rich Torkelson and his son, Arik. The pergola will provide a shady location in a very sunny garden for community members to sit and chat comfortably.
The Justin family funded the project and the Colley family generously contributed toward the teak tables and chairs that surround the gathering space.
The pergola is also flanked on all four sides by a grandmother’s garden of old-fashioned plants that support beneficial insects as well as provide an opportunity to touch (Lamb’s ears), listen (Panicum), smell (Peony) nature and see the many blooms.
One special touch of the morning was a friend of the Justin family offered to donate a red peony to the garden that Charlotte was particularly fond of. Thank you.
After the dedication, interested guests took a tour of the community gardens and learned about the butterfly garden created to support Monarch butterflies, the sunflower contest which people can enter until June 14th, the sunflower house for children to play within, and the many programs and activities planned.
Starting next Saturday, a reading and arts program for grades K to 3 begins at 9:30 a.m.
Hope to see you in the garden, Natalie Walsh, Garden Director