Cheryl Depuydt Memorial

Happy and Bright

Plants as Skating Ice
Established: 2009
Location: south side of the Student Development Complex

This memorial garden is a happy, south-facing hotbed. The dusty miller returns every year, representing skating ice. Near the plaque, symbolic hen and chicks, fragrant creeping thyme, and low junipers reinforce other ground covers in an intricate carpet to aid in weed suppression. Yellow was Cheryl’s favorite color, which is why dwarf evening primrose accents the statue. The figure is a skater, preparing for competition, who seems to weep after a rain.

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