After four years of planning, and some disappointing, but unavoidable delays, the ribbon was cut and the gates were opened to Raven Rock State Park’s new pollinator garden.
Liz Thomas, the coordinator of the garden made a speech and gave thanks to Womble’s Hardware, Friends of Raven Rock, others and park staff before cutting the ribbon. Superintendent John Privette gave special recognition to Ms Thomas for all her hard work and dedication to the project.
The crowd poured in through the garden gates to check out the little pond, native plants, benches, the Little Library, bee housing made of bamboo, the sign recognizing the garden as an official NC Pollinator Flyway, and the gazebo which is the garden’s center of attraction.
Along with the grand opening there were hotdogs and chili offered up by the park, and cookies and water from Friends of Raven Rock. A delegate from the NC Beekeepers Association was present, as well as the Harnett County Garden Club.
The skies remained clear after a strong storm had pushed through the evening before, but nothing dampened the joy and happiness of the opening.