The towering oaks served as a canopy for city officials, neighbors and guests during Tuesday evening's opening of the Woodson Legacy Garden at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. The sprawling garden complete with magnolias, a flowing fountain, a rose garden and brick pathways is a collaborative venture between the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce's Leadership St. Pete Class of 2008, the city's Midtown Economic Development Initiative and the museum.
The project is the result of months of planning, fundraising and oversight led by Leadership St. Pete Class of 2008 project coordinator Terri Lipsey Scott.
The group raised more than $40,000 in donations to provide 13,000 brick pavers, 1,200 plants, sod, mulch, irrigation and fencing. The garden now offers a beautiful outdoor space for the museum to host special events and serves as a centerpiece for the Jordan Park neighborhood.
In addition to being a revenue generator for the museum, resources from the garden's rental will help with the expansion of exhibits and displays.
With more than 320 bricks sponsored, a stroll along the pathway that meanders through the garden includes a search for the names for family and friends. Bricks are still available for "Pave-the-Way" sponsorships by calling the museum at 323-1104. The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum is at 2240 Ninth Ave. S, St. Petersburg.
Sandra J. Gadsden, Neighborhood Times Editor