The Idyllwild Arts “Avant Garden” is dedicated Friday. Photo courtesy of Darren Schilling.
In what they hope will become a ritual spring event at Idyllwild Arts, students dedicated their “Avant Garden,” just down hill from the campus pool. A gathering of students, several faculty members and President Brian Cohen watched while one student from Martha Ellen Wingfield’s environmental class cut the dedicatory ribbon, formally opening the garden.
Speakers noted they had worked hard at making topsoil and planting seeds and that the activity had bonded them as a class and as friends of the environment. They thanked the nonprofit EarthWitness Foundation for funding the project.
One student quoted famed anthropologist Margaret Mead just before the garden ribbon was cut: “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world.”
Theatre student senior Gemini Anderson said she looks forward to coming back for reunions; “We know our garden will always be here,” she said.

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