Ribbon cutting celebrates new mural, “The Good of the Hive” by Matt Willey

The partnership between the Laguna Beach Garden Club (LBGC) and the Laguna Beach County Water District (LBCWD) was on full display at the ribbon cutting for the new mural titled “The Good of the Hive” by Matt Willey. The mission of the garden club to help save the pollinators and the LBCWD’s mission to save water created the perfect symbiotic relationship to showcase the connectedness that exists between all of us in our pursuit to find solutions to planetary health issues.

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Photos by Kirk Nelson

Mayor Sue Kempf cuts the celebratory ribbon

On Monday, March 11 on a beautiful Laguna Beach afternoon, more than 100 people came together to celebrate the mural coming to life in our community. The symbolism of the connectedness of the hive and caring for each other above individual concern was clearly on display.

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(L-R) Mayor Sue Kempf, LBCWD General Manager Keith Van Der Maaten holding a proclamation from Senator Dave Min, President of the Chamber of Commerce Erin Slattery and LBCWD Assistant General Manager Christopher Regan

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Laguna Beach Garden Club President Jane Leary attracts a crowd at the ribbon cutting

Members of the singing chorus LagunaTunes showed up to sing “Let it Bee” to the tune of “Let it Be” by the Beatles, and “Buzzing Bees” sung to the melody of “Dancing Queen.” The Laguna Beach Police Department’s peer support comfort dog, Cooper, joined in the fun by dressing as a bee for the occasion. The group was delighted to have Mayor Sue Kempf and President of the Chamber of Commerce Erin Slattery do the honors of the ribbon cutting.

“I’m so impressed with the work that the Laguna Beach Garden Club is doing, they are an incredible group,” said Mayor Kempf.

Senator Dave Min’s office sent formal congratulations to the LBCWD, the Laguna Beach Garden Club and mural artist Matt Willey.

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Community members gathered at the ribbon cutting

“Just like the intricate workings of a hive, our community thrives on interconnectedness and collaboration, “said Keith Van Der Maaten, general manager of the Laguna Beach County Water District. “Our partnership with the Laguna Beach Garden Club to make this mural a reality epitomizes the deep-rooted bond between the district and the Laguna Beach community, a connection that has flourished since our inception 99 years ago, said Van Der Maaten.

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“The Good of the Hive” mural with the finished planter

“The Laguna Beach County Water District is the host venue for the LBGC’s annual Gate & Garden Tour that functions as our major fundraising event that helps the club to do all the great projects, like this mural in Laguna Beach,” said Jane Leary, Garden Club president. “The water district is an integral member of the garden club hive and we cannot thank them enough for their willingness to collaborate with us on so many worthwhile endeavors,” said Leary.

For more information about the mural or the 2024 Gate and Garden Tour on May 4 and to purchase tickets, visit www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org.


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