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Jon Perkins overlooks the site of Cottage Grove United Church of Christ's Celebration garden which he is installing. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

Brick by brick: Cottage Grove church creates 'celebration' garden through fundraiser


Jim and Esther Morgan wanted a memorial garden at Cottage Grove United Church of Christ in Old Cottage Grove.

Since John Perkins, a church member and retired electrical contractor, helped oversee the construction of the $1.2 million church addition three years ago, the congregation thought he would come up with a good garden plan.

After all, Perkins keeps everything in the church in good working order and does all the repairs.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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