Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lindbergh Schweitzer's "Magical" New Sculpture Garden

Renowned sculptor James Hubbell created a magical sculpture garden at Albert Schweitzer School back in 1961. Now part of Lindbergh Schweitzer Service Learning Magnet School, the garden has been completely refurbished with the help of staff and community volunteers.

Just as a caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly, the garden took on a magical new life with custom fencing, ground covering and drought tolerant plants. Staff member Nancy Emory and parent volunteer Emily Dolton led the beautification effort. Emily, also a professional artist, painted life onto the custom-built gates in the form of beautiful butterflies (pictured here.)

The school was recently honored as a featured stop on the Clairemont Garden Tour on May 7. Open to the public, the garden tour inspired many visitors to say it was "the best stop on the tour!" Special displays included "Eliazar's Garden," the "6th Grade Relaxation Garden," and the Teaching Garden Classroom, where a master composter showed all how to recycle with ease.

Restoring this community garden treasure is one more reason Lindbergh Schweitzer is a leader in Service Learning.