Established in memory of Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Andrew Murphy Holzhalb, U.S. Navy.
HISTORY OF THE GARDEN
The establishment of Andrew's Garden is in memory of Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Andrew Murphy Holzhalb, U.S. Navy. Known to his family as Drew, he grew up in Christ Church in Covington and graduated from St. Paul's High School in 1990. After joining the Navy, he completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, Class 210 in 1997. During his service, he was a member of SEAL Delivery Team 2 and was a plankowner of SEAL Team 10. He was an Active Duty member of SEAL Team 10 when he died in August 2002.
The initial gift from George and June Davis resulted in the creation of Andrew's Garden which was dedicated at Solomon in 2004. The effort to designate this area as Andrew's Garden was spearheaded by Barbie Larpenter who collected the native foliage planted here and presented the plan for this garden to the Solomon Board of Directors.
The plaque memorializing Drew is a gift from the Murphy family and the bronze tree is a gift from David Paddison, crafted by John Perriloux. The tree is a representation of the SEAL Trident insignia worn by Navy SEALs.
Significant improvements to the garden in 2019 were possible due to the generous donations of:
The Solomon Episcopal Conference Center Steve and Julie Holzhalb Carol Holzhalb Matt and Sarah Holzhalb Andrew Holzhalb Lucy Holzhalb