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The Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens was officially opened May 19. Individuals playing key roles in making the Gardens a reality were present for the ribbon cutting ceremony. They are (from Left): Corrine Hodapp, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Mary Plein of J.M. Consulting; artist Taren Saccoman; Doreen Gallaway of the Crosslake-Ideal Lions Club; Cindy Mercer Nelson and Lynn Scharenbroich of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association; Colonel Sam Calkins of the Corps of Engineers; Stewart Swenson of the Whitefish Area Lodging Association and Jason Hauser of the Corps of Engineers. - photo by Bill Monroe

Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens

Web posted May 23, 2017
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

After years of planning, fundraising and construction, the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens was officially opened Friday, May 19. The new attraction located just inside the entrance to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cross Lake Campgrounds in Crosslake. It sits on a one-acre site and is named after Ulland, a leader in the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association (PBSBA) who passed away in 2011. That group has been working with the Corps of Engineers for five years to make the project a reality.

The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is a series of roads that winds through Crosslake, Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point, Jenkins and Pine River. Now the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens has been added to its list of places to visit. The project was funded by grants and contributions from businesses, organizations and individuals totaling over $150,000.

Visitors to the Gardens can see a unique collection of representational gardens including forest foraging, wildflower, butterfly gardens, deer-resistant plantings, rain garden, foot prints and gardens highlighting houses for bees, bats, toads, and insects that are beneficial to gardens, and much more.

The opening ceremony included recognition of project partners, supporters, donors and  volunteers. Lynn Scharenbroich, who worked closely with Ulland from the beginning of the project, and artist Taren Saccoman, who built a mosaic around the entrance to the Learning Center and helped design the park layout, each received special recognition plaques.  Scharenbroich told the crowd assembled for the ceremony that the event was a “celebration of the progress we’ve made and the power of partnerships. This project brought out the better side of so many people and organizations.”

Groups receiving recognition plaques included: the Crosslake- Ideal Lions Club; J.M Plein Consulting; MN Backyard Birds; the PBSBA, the U.S. Corps of Engineers; the Whitefish Area Lodging Association and the University of Minnesota Extension.

A new entrance to the Learning Center in the Corps office building has been constructed leading into a room with interpretive displays, historical information and Paul Bunyan lore and memorabilia.

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