Painting compliments native plant demonstration garden and trail
Andy Saczynski, 2013 South Walton Artist of the Year, has added colorful art to the north wall of the Native Plant Demonstration Garden at the South Walton Center (SWC) of Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC). Saczynski, a Walton County folk artist is known for turning “junk into funk.”
Saczynski donated artwork took approximately 15 hours to create and measures 10 ft. x 10 ft. His public art piece will be a feature of the Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Trail that can be enjoyed by visitors who stroll the grounds, and by students and staff of the NWFSC South Walton Center and Seacoast High School.
The Garden and Trail project is designed as an outdoor learning site, which demonstrates the variety and versatility of native plants. It is a collaborative effort of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Walton County Master Gardeners, Northwest Florida State College, and AmeriCorps.
Since the Garden site officially opened to the public in June, there has been an outpouring of community support, including donations, plants, materials, and labor. Saczynski’s painting will be a stunning addition to the artwork and craftsmanship already incorporated in the landscape. Existing pieces include re-purposed and hand-painted rain barrels, a custom-built trellis, a handcrafted obelisk, and a graceful sculpture.
The Native Plant Demonstration Garden & Trail are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. The site is located at the South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, just north of the intersection of US 98 and Hwy 331.