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Posted on: August 21, 2018

Sustainable Garden Proposed for Lee Dennison Bequest

The Town’s Climate and Environment Committee, in consultation with the Town’s Centennial Committee, has proposed using a bequest from late Town resident Lee Dennison to develop a sustainable garden in Zimmerman Park.  The goal of the garden is to create a place that demonstrates and informs visitors about native plants and shrubs, water conservation and rain gardens, wildlife-friendly landscapes, and organic methods to maintain them.  The garden is proposed to be located in existing planting beds on the southern end of the park near Lynn Drive.  This site offers generous space and a variety of growing conditions that will allow the garden to address the planting challenges that many Town residents face in their own yards.

You can learn more and provide feedback about the proposed sustainable garden by attending a forum on Saturday, September 22 at 1 p.m. at the Lawton Community Center (the same day as the inaugural Chevy Chase Green Town Fair -- see page 3 for details).  There also will be a public hearing on the use of the bequest, likely at the October Council meeting.  Lee Dennison, a long-time former resident of the Town, passed away on August 31, 2012 and bestowed $100,000 to the Town to support the beautification of public space within the Town.  Lee was a gardener with a strong interest in health and wellness, and her support of the arts and social causes was well known and regarded.  More information about the proposed sustainable garden as well as Lee Dennison is available on the Town website.

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