Mar 10, 2015
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Last summer, we told you about a super cool garden project near The Plunge, a residents-led effort that came about following the renovation of one of the property’s tennis courts.

This week, the nonprofit For Richmond tipped us off to the project’s progress. On Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Richmond residents are invited to The Plunge Garden Design Reception at the Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave.

The event will unveil an artistic rendering of the new garden landscape design from local resident Julie Lienert.

Lienert created the design by combining the best ideas from students at Merritt College’s Planting Design class. The students had been assigned to create their own individual designs for The Plunge’s back garden.

Artistic local residents have designed a garden to be installed next to the Richmond Plunge and have now started an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund it.

Photo of the garden site location from last summer.

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt is expected to attend Sunday’s design unveiling, and live music, refreshments and a raffle will be included.

The garden project is being done as a tribute to the late Point Richmond resident Margaret Imrie, known for loving gardening, music, children and life. Imrie had inspired neighborhood advocates to adopt the park and make it a peaceful resting spot where loved ones could be remembered and new memories could unfold.

Included in the project plans are picnic tables and benches for gatherings, fencing, a drinking fountain, second tennis court, native plants and trees, according to For Richmond.

The project needs additional funding, with the hope that it will be completed by the end of this summer.

Donations to the project can be made at Sunday’s reception and are also accepted online here. For more information, contact Maryn Hurlbut at 510.237.6880 or


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.