by | Sep 8, 2022

A colorful new mural has been added to the wooden fence surrounding Lendonwood Gardens, helping brighten a nearly hidden corner of the botanical garden.  The mural, depicting multi-colored Koi fish, can be viewed from the area around the garden’s own Koi Pond.

Local artists Nancy Harper and Sandi Strom put the finishing touches on the painting this week, after only a few days of painting.  Harper, a longtime supporter of the garden, also led past projects to paint murals of butterflies and flowers along garden fence panels.

Lendonwood President Jim Corbridge said the murals add even more visual interest to Lendonwood.  “These beautiful paintings offer unexpected pops of color year-round, especially appreciated during the winter months,” he said.  “They also provide terrific backdrops for photographs any time of the year.”

Corbridge said the new mural “celebrates the colorful fish in the Koi Pond, one of the most popular stops on any tour of Lendonwood.”  The pond is located adjacent to the Japanese Pavilion near the back of the garden, offering an overlook of the active fish.  A nearby fish-food dispenser takes quarters for those wanting to feed the swimmers.

“We are delighted with this new addition to the garden and invite visitors to check it out,” Corbridge said.  The garden is open every day from dawn to dusk, with the Welcome Center and Gift Shop open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday noon to 4 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.  Children under 12 and members may enter free of charge.

Local artists Nancy Harper, left, and Sandi Strom brighten up a hidden corner of Lendonwood Gardens by painting a mural of colorful Koi fish, just steps away from the garden’s own Koi Pond.  The mural is one of several painted on the fence surrounding the garden, ranging from a Monarch butterfly to poppies to sunflowers to wisteria.  The murals are especially popular as photo backdrops in the garden.

Colorful signage, designed by graphic artist Kathi Sikorski, encircle the new Monarch Waystation at Lendonwood.  The signs help tell the story of the popular butterfly’s declining population and suggest ways individuals can help save the Monarch.  Signposts for the signs were donated by Goldner Dock Construction of Grove.  Grove Rotary provided a grant to help pay for Waystation construction.

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