There are several groupings of trees within the arboretum area of the park where youngsters like to party. In the morning when we do our clean-up rounds, it is not unusual to find more graffiti, broken bottles and trash from the night before. Imagine my mild and pleasant surprise to have found these hanging in trees and propped up in a circle on the ground. I’d like to know the who and why behind this wonderful gallery that’s pushing the boundaries of indoor – outdoor art.


We spend time every morning “doing rounds”, going through the park and cleaning up and we find a lot of different things. These were found in different areas.


In an obscure part of the garden is a rose that outwardly has nothing notable about it. It is small and did not produce flowers last year. This plant is one of my favorites in the park. What makes it unique is that it is a cutting from a plant first grown before 1160.

Now let’s do the math but make it easier: Pre 1160 is 1159.

2019 – 1159 = 860

This living plant is from cuttings that date back 860 years, centuries before the War of the Roses. I hope to be doing as well.


The plant has rose buds!


During our first week back after a hard winter, we spent a lot of time pruning and cutting back thorns and dead branches. On one of these days we had a group of 20+ volunteers making quick work of the rose beds when a larger group of young children with several adults began walking through the park towards us. They all stopped walking and then the children sat down. I could not hear the conversation between their adults and our head gardener. All of a sudden, the kids started singing us an Earth Day song. The people in the volunteer group were looking at each other smiling or with mouths open in delight at what was happening in front of us. Just as quickly the children stopped, all got up and walked off, probably back to school, or perhaps back into a more magical place that they decided to share with us for just a moment.

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