“Brianne has done a wonderful job,” said Tiare Widmaier, a representative of California Waterscapes. “Her drawing was good and we’re glad to be able to help her creation come into being.”
Johnson said California Waterscapes previously designed and installed two ponds for her family, so she wanted something similar at the park for others to enjoy.
The local business donated about $8,000 worth of manpower, rocks, plants and other materials, Widmaier said. “This was a way for Chad [Morrill, co-owner of the family owned business] to give back to the community,” she added.
Additional boulders were donated by the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation’s Maintenance Department, and the Los Angeles County Library Project on Foothill Boulevard.
Johnson and her scouting friends supervised as the professionals brought in boulders and plants last Friday and then on Saturday the girls planted the many varieties of plants along the edges of the water.
Additional aspects of the project will include a mural — which Johnson will paint — on the outside restroom facility wall.
Over the last six months, Johnson has added her own inspiration and passion to the mini-garden concept, building on ideas borne of other scouts as the garden idea has been in the works for about two years.
Girl Scout Adrienne Griffin initially proposed a similar concept to the Friends of Crescenta Valley Parks and yet another Girl Scout, Marissa Robertson, chose the theme of a California native garden for the park.