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Fruit Forest dedication honoring Barth is Saturday

ENCINITAS — A fruit forest that will be named after former Encinitas Mayor Teresa Barth will be dedicated Saturday morning.

The ceremony, which will include a tree-planting and official naming of the grove, begins at 10 a.m. at Glen Park in Cardiff.

The City Council unanimously approved the grove of 15 or so fruit trees at its Sept. 22 meeting.

Barth, who served on the City Council in from 2006 to 2014, declined to seek re-election.

She has been a key fixture in the Cardiff community, championing the arts, environmental causes and the local library. Upon retiring from politics, she helped start a nonprofit called Engage Encinitas, a group aimed at boosting civic engagement throughout the city in a nonpartisan way.

Friends and supporters of Barth came up with the idea last year of honoring Barth with a grove of fruit trees at the Cardiff park.

They unveiled the concept at Barth’s farewell ceremony in December and it was met with a standing ovation from those in attendance, including the City Council.