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Sculpture garden receives designation

DULUTH - The Al Weeks Sculpture Garden has been a nature sanctuary for employees and visitors at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Now, the area has been designated a sanctuary for wildlife, too.

Carol Hassell, incoming president of the Atlanta Audubon Society, visited the Hudgens Center on Sept. 11 to present a sign to the garden committee designating the garden a wildlife sanctuary.

"The Atlanta Audubon Society is so impressed that the Hudgens Center for the Arts focuses on the creation of habitats in the Sculpture Garden," Hassell told the committee. "It is a beautiful place where that emphasis is showcased."

To earn the Audubon Society's designation, an area must provide a water source, trees, undergrowth, ground cover for shelter and nesting and seed-bearing plants and trees for food.

The small garden nestled adjacent to the Hudgens Center features a pond surrounded by an open patio with tables and chairs for employees and guests to enjoy the surroundings. Pieces of sculpture are placed among the trees and bushes and in the pond.

The garden was home to small green herons in early summer, as well as cardinals, a family of Canada geese and songbirds.

Guests can visit the wildlife sanctuary from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission to both the center and the garden is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.

For more information on the Hudgens Center for the Arts and the Al Weeks Sculpture Garden, call 770-623-6002 or visit www.thehudgens.org.