KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 10, 2012 – At Wednesday’s meeting of the Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors, the board dedicated a new educational garden in the lobby of the utility’s Carroll Street headquarters.
Named the “Kasper Conservatory,” the garden is dedicated to the life and work of James R. “Jim” Kasper, Sr. who faithfully served the utility from October 5, 2005 – August 16, 2011 as director, secretary and vice chairman.
Kasper, a community servant with a passion for gardening, lost his battle with cancer on August 28, 2011. His wife of 49 years, Jean, was on hand for the dedication.
The garden features a variety of plants that were chosen for their ability to withstand low light and minimal watering. It also features plant identification signs that help visitors learn to recognize and identify plants that could be used in their landscaping at home.
The background mural was painted by artist Juliana Davidson, director of visual arts for the Osceola Center for the Arts. Kissimmee Florist designed and constructed the garden.
The garden is open from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1701 W. Carroll Street in Kissimmee.
Photos of the dedication and garden: http://bit.ly/JDTO79
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent