More than 100 people gathered Saturday behind the historic Train Depot in Zachary for a garden dedication ceremony in honor of the late Cherry Boudreaux, who died in 2014.
Boudreaux, married to the late Jerry Boudreaux, was an educator, founding member of Zachary’s beautification committee and an artist.
The couple’s five children — Robyn Amrhein, Boosey Boudreaux, Brent Boudreaux, Pookie Boudreaux and Beetle Fisher — planted the gardens. Brent Boudreaux and his wife, Cheryl, donated a 15th-century armillary sphere to the gardens, which will be used as a teaching tool for visitors to the Zachary Historic District.
The family engraved a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on a plaque at the base of the sphere: “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
Brent Boudreaux, who spoke on behalf of his siblings at the ceremony, said his mother’s two great passions after she retired from a long career in education were gardening and art.
“These privately funded gardens pay tribute to her love of all things beautiful,” Brent Boudreaux said. “They are a fitting dedication.”
Mayor David Amrhein, married to Cherry Boudreaux’s daughter, Robyn, read a proclamation at the ceremony in honor of his late mother-in-law.
Amrhein also thanked the members of the Zachary Charity League for donating a portion of their 2015-16 proceeds to the garden for a sidewalk and for planting some holly shrubs in the garden.
Other contributors include local carpenter K.C. Barrett built a bench; Matt Thornton, of Conceptual Design Services, designed the garden’s layout; and Reliant Landscaping performed the landscaping work.
The Boudreaux memorial plaza behind the Train Depot will serve as a reflection garden and trail head for a proposed half-mile walking path in Zachary.
A maypole folk dance was performed by the Children’s Moving Company, and French harpist Trinese Gautier performed for attendees of the ceremony.
Some of Cherry Boudreaux’s artwork is featured inside the Train Depot.