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MSU rededicates 100-year old garden at Oct. 28 ceremonies

October 24, 2011

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A rededication for the Montana State University Danforth Park Iris Garden will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

The garden, which is located north of MSU's Danforth Chapel, was originally constructed in the early 1900s, but had been largely forgotten until a group of students formed to revitalize the space.

According to Candace Mastel, MSU's assistant planner and project manager for MSU Facilities Planning, Design and Construction and Facilities Services, the Students for Danforth Park group has been working tirelessly to promote the revitalization of the garden space. The group raised funds to commission a new sculpture piece by Heath Bradley of the MSU School of Architecture, and also fund the production of a commemorative plaque to mark past efforts in creating and preserving the gardens.

Mastel said the revitalized space features a new plaza, seating, sculpture and new landscaping, which will be expanded with the planting of more irises next year.

The event is the effort of the Students for Danforth Park, MSU Facilities Planning, Design & Construction and Facilities Services.

The Iris Garden is located south of the Child Development Center playground on the south side of Herrick Hall, to the east of Wilson Hall and to the north of Danforth Chapel.

Candace Mastel (406) 994-7457, candace.mastel@montana.edu