Grant K-8 Student Art Is Inspiration for Mission Hills Garden Walk

| May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Art Contest Winners Raise Awareness for Garden and Outdoor Science Lab

The Mission Hills Garden Club and the Grant School Community Foundation recently announced the winners of the Art Logo Contest for the 19th Annual Mission Hills Garden Walk. This year, the walk is raising money to support the relocation of the beloved Gecko Garden and the creation of a new outdoor science lab at Grant K-8, a public school in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego. The goal: to raise $25,000 by June 1.

Held annually for the past 19 years on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, this year’s Mission Hills Garden Walk will guide participants through sensationally lush gardens, dramatic landscaping and historic architecture at nine private residences in South Mission Hills on Saturday, May 13.

To help bring this event to life and enhance marketing efforts, Mission Hills Garden Walk organizers turned to those being impacted the most: students at Grant K-8. Sarah Ekedal, an art teacher at the school, worked in partnership with the executive committee to organize a student art contest. Contest themes included Secret Garden, Birds of Paradise, How Does Your Garden Grow and The Grass Is Not Always Greener.

The first-place winner would serve as the official logo for the 2017 Garden Walk; second and third-place finishers would be prominently featured on marketing materials, including t-shirts and advertising; and each of the top 11 finishers would be showcased in one of the 11 gardens being featured on the walk.

More than 80 students submitted entries, which were carefully reviewed by the Garden Club Executive Committee, who recently announced this year’s winners:

First Place: Disha Vanmali, 3rd Grade, Category: Secret Garden
Second Place: Natalie Gates, 4th Grade, Category: Birds of Paradise
Third Place: Jude Crittenden, 3rd Grade, Category: How Does Your Garden Grow

“By bringing two long-standing neighborhood institutions together, the Mission Hills Garden Club and the Grant School Community Foundation and the have embarked on a worthy endeavor that supports all facets of our community,” says Lara Gates, chair of this year’s Garden Walk. “Together, we’re promoting active living, gardening and education for children.”

Other executive committee members include Martha Pehl, Toni Palafox, Tiger Palafox, Cheryl Gaidmore, Cathi Lopez, Nancy Carter, Jodie Cavanaugh and Judith Krumholtz.

The 19th Annual Mission Hills Garden Walk will be held on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, including how to purchase tickets or volunteer, visit Garden pavers may also be purchased to support the relocation of the Gecko Garden at

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