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FILE - Melissa Firkins, left, and Tomie Penn stand on the banks of the stream that runs thought the Hidden Hollow wilderness area in Sugar House Saturday, April 24, 2004. Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday voted to dedicate a Utah-native plant garden within Hidden Hollow Natural Area Preserve after Alton Tyrone “Ty” Harrison.

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday voted to dedicate a Utah-native plant garden within Hidden Hollow Natural Area Preserve after Alton Tyrone “Ty” Harrison.

Harrison, a naturalist and conservationist, helped preserve open space throughout the state, including the Hidden Hollow Natural Area in Sugar House. After Harrision died from cancer in 2017, Utah Open Lands, a nonprofit land trust conservation association, requested a portion of Hidden Hollow be dedicated as Ty’s Garden.

In April 2017, Harrison created the Hidden Hollow Riparian Forest Enhancement Project to plant Utah-native plant species in the eastern part of the hollow that had been taken over by invasive plant species. It is this part of the hollow that will bear his name.

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Harrison supervised the planting of the garden, drawing on the help of local organizations such as Parleys Rails, Trails and Tunnels Coalition, the Sugar House Community Council, Salt Lake City Open Space and Utah Open Lands.

The garden features native plant, such as Woods’ rose, gambel oak, chokecherry and Oregon grape and will be maintained by Utah Open Lands and Salt Lake City with help from local organizations.

Signage will be erected to indicate the location and plants present in Ty’s Garden, as well as to remember Harrison’s work.