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Garden of 100 HopesOpens on Earth Day

By Mitch Lehman
San Marino Tribune

San Marino Community Church opened its Garden of 100 Hopes, “El Jardin de las Cien Esperanzas,” on Earth Day.
Exciting things are growing in San Marino. You may have noticed some significant landscaping taking place at the southern corner of Virginia Road and Alhambra Road in recent months. A portion of San Marino Community Church’s property at the corner of Virginia Road and Alhambra Road was revitalized to create a garden and contemplative space for the entire community to enjoy.
Eight dead and dying trees — along with an additional eight tree stumps — were removed from the space adjacent to the church’s Virginia Manse. Excess grass has also been removed from the property with a rebate received from the SoCal WaterSmart turf replacement program. In line with the San Marino city permit, 23 trees have been planted on the Alhambra Road side of the property along with a mini orchard in the backyard.
In their place, a garden with more than 1,500 square feet of vegetable beds is being built. Created with a warm and welcoming labyrinth design, the garden will be accessible from the street for all to enjoy. The garden will continue to be owned and maintained by Community Church, with the goal of providing hope in the community.
The name for the garden was chosen in collaboration with Community Church’s Mandarin Bible study and speaks to Romans 15:13: “May you be filled with all joy and peace … and abound in hope.” More than 30 volunteers have worked on the garden so far with the very first work day being led by the Community Church Youth Group. The church looks forward to building the gardening community in the months ahead.


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