Connecting Now + Imagining our Future
By Diane Jameson
Over the past four years, we have planted and/or restored four gardens. My favorite garden is the hell strip wildscape across from the North Garden. Last fall, we pulled hundreds of weeds, tilled the soil, sowed native wildflower seeds, watered thoroughly and crossed our fingers. This spring, the weeds came back, but within a couple of months they were overshadowed by a multitude of 6 foot sunflowers and Colorado bee plants. When the wildflowers appeared, so did the birds, wildlife and pollinators. Rabbits came for food and shelter, squirrels buried peanuts, birds enjoyed shelter and seed heads, and pollinators, bees and butterflies, numbered in the thousands. Every time I come to garden, I marvel at the abundance of life, our interconnectedness to the world around us, and I better understand that we are called to be good stewards of our fragile world. The gardens are where I see God, in God’s creation, an altar in the world.