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New Mural Unveiled At Three Sisters Garden

Submitted by Susan Walter, Madera County Master Gardeners

MADERA – On Saturday, Apr. 20, visitors to the University of California Cooperative Extension Madera Master Gardeners Garden Shoppe at the Three Sisters Garden at the Madera Community College Center are in for a special treat – the unveiling of a new mural installed on a large storage container in the garden.

The design of the mural features the three sisters plants – corn, beans and squash – that early Native Americans grew together in a symbiotic relationship, a fitting symbol for a demonstration garden intended to inspire, educate, and nurture the home gardener.Drs. Dianne and David Rich sponsored local artist Heather Layne Lewis to design and install the mural, with volunteers from the Madera Arts Council and Madera Master Gardeners pitching in.

Heather said she has been an artist all of her life. She feels very fortunate that she had very creative parents who recognized her talent early and encouraged and nurtured it.

photo mural finishedHeather had a studio in Madera for many years and has designed and installed several public projects – including a label for “Alegria Reserve” wine, bottled as a fund raiser for Alegria Guild of Children’s Hospital Central California; a mural installed in Rotary Park in Madera by Madera Rotary; and two murals at Madera High School gifted by senior classes. Her work enhances the interiors of many beautiful Central Valley homes.

Visit the Garden Shoppe at the Three Sisters Garden at Madera Community College Center on Saturday, Apr. 20, between 9 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to view the mural.

Tickets will be available for the Glorious Garden Tour VII to be held that day ($18). Advance tickets ($15) for the tour can be purchased at Floral Fantasy, 1930 Howard Road – Suite K, Madera; Peters Brothers Nursery, 1135 S Granada Drive, Madera; or UCCE Madera County Office, 328 S. Madera Ave., Madera. Questions: Call (559) 675-7879, ext. 7210 or Linda (559) 908-8235. Email mgmadera@ucanr.edu. Website: http://cemadera.ucanr.edu/Madera_County_Master_Gardener_Program/

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