Photo courtesy of Karen Albracht.

The Tension Park Pollinator Garden has been around for five years without a sign.

But over the weekend, neighbors unveiled a sign made by the Woodies from CC Young to mark the 1.9 acre garden.

“I always think that a sign is the single thing that defines a place,” says Karen Albracht, the administrator of the Tenison Park Pollinator Garden.

After reading an Advocate article about the Woodies, Albracht decided the group would be the best organization to help make the sign. But she wasn’t able to talk to the Woodies in person or invite them out to the garden for 18 months because of pandemic lockdowns.

Albracht says the Woodies and the garden volunteers are similar. For the Woodies, the wood shop gives them a sense of purpose. Similarly, the pollinator garden provides purpose for Albracht and the other volunteers.

James Anthony (right) unveils the Tenison Park Pollinator Garden sign. Photo courtesy of Karen Albracht.

James Anthony was one of the primary creators of the sign. His late wife was a lover of wildflowers, and he told Albracht he thinks his wife would have appreciated that he helped make the garden’s sign.

The sign is about six feet long by 10 inches tall. About 20 people attended the unveiling.

Tenison Park Pollinator Garden is located at the north end of Samuell-Grand Park. It’s staffed by volunteers, is funded by grants and donations and is sponsored by the Hollywood/Santa Monica Neighborhood Association.

The mission of the garden is to “protect and promote pollinator populations by establishing a certified Monarch Butterfly Waystation and highly diversified native plant garden in an underutilized and non-irrigated urban park in our neighborhood.”


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