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THURSDAY, march 21, 2013

by Nick Friedman | Community Editor

Education meets fun at Rainforest Garden

You’re invited to our place

Following a lead gift from Al Goldstein, Selby’s children’s garden is now under way.


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Al Goldstein and his late wife, Ann, always had a soft spot for children. So, when Marie Selby Botanical Gardens first approached the philanthropic couple as potential donors for a proposed educational children’s garden, the project caught their interest. The interactive garden is intended to provide children and families hands-on experience and a place to explore and learn about an endangered non-native habitat. With three children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren of his own, Goldstein says the garden holds special significance. “I’m very partial to children, and Ann was, too,” says Goldstein. “She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and she was a warm, loving person, who devoted a good deal of her time to helping children.” In 2005, Selby board members began planning, researching and conducting preliminary fundraising. Then, when the economy improved and Selby was at a financially stable point, the board officially ramped up its fundraising efforts. After Ann Goldstein died in 2011, Al Goldstein decided that the Children’s Rainforest Garden would provide a great opportunity to benefit the community while honoring the memory of his late wife. In 2012, he and Jean Weidner Goldstein, whom he married Aug. 9, contributed the lead naming gift to move the project forward. “It’s something that will be won-

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