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September 11, 2011

Memorial Gardens To Tribute 9/11 Victims

Remembering, The Allium Garden


We cannot escape noticing today will mark the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11/2001.  On that fateful day, I happened to be working in a government building across from the Pentagon.  I watched in disbelief as flames engulfed our military’s headquarters.  I thought I was in a bad dream and that I would wake up at any moment.  When I started out to work that day, I thought the day would unfold like any other day, but I would later pray that by some extra ordinary miracle, I could get home to see my loved ones one more time.

It’s not unusual that we as nation would want to memorialize the heart-break of that day, and garden lovers have found a way to so as well. To mark the occasion, there are a number of gardens around the country commemorating the events of 9/11 with a  ceremony.

Since Flight 93 was bound for San Francisco, there you will find commemorative gardens at Pleasant Hill and Union City’s Sugar Mill Landing Park.  By next summer, Napa is planning to unveil a memorial garden and sculpture to commemorate the tragic events.

In two separate ceremonies in Los Angeles, the Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Gardens will be unveiled this weekend and will feature a 30-foot twisted steel beam from the twin tower wreckage.

In NYC, the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is offering a free All Garden Pass on Sunday.

In Chicago, the Chicago Botanic Garden will host a free carillon concert in honor on the 9/11 victims and their families.

Britain suffered great loss on 9/11 as well, and the nation will mark the anniversary with a remembrance ceremony to be held at the memorial garden next to the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London.

In Shanksville, PA, the Remember Me Rose Garden thrives in honor of those on Flight 93.

Is there a garden ceremony near you?  Let us know.

September 5, 2011

Labor Day And A Salute To My Grandfather

image from International Harvester Tractors

credit, International Harvester Tractors

Labor Day was always a welcomed holiday, even as a student when I didn’t really have a job to speak of.  It marked the unofficial end to summer, and the last of the family vacations for the year.  I have since come to know Labor Day was first celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City as a celebration and tribute to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the American worker.

Though these are tough economic times, the spirit of the American worker should continue to be celebrated, and in particular, those farm workers who labor to bring us fruits, vegetables, grains, and other crops that help compose the fabric of our lives.  Farm hands and other agricultural workers are seasonal workers, which means in the off-season, they need to figure out how to make ends meet. My grandfather was one of those workers who worked from before the sun rose, until long after it set.  He worked the cotton fields of the Mississippi delta, and would come home covered in dust and thoroughly exhausted, only to do the same thing all over again the next day.

Today, my grandfather is retired from farming, but I’ll take this opportunity anyway to salute him and all those farmers and field hands whose hard work seem to make our lives just that much better.  Happy Labor Day to you.

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August 24, 2011

The Virtues Of Another National Park Adventure

Rocky Mountain National Park, Co, The Allium Garden

Rocky Mountain National Park, Co

Do I really need to sell you on the virtues of the US National Parks?  The concept of reserving some of the most beautiful land in the country for public use and enjoyment should be reason enough.  Not to mention, it’s the best value going today for a great time. There are few things I love more in the world than gazing upon unspoiled natural wonders.  It’s no surprise we spend millions trying to recreate that feeling of awe to some degree or another in our own back yards.

The Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is a great example of awe-inspiring beauty within reach for all.  Not near Colorado?  I have good news for you, Oh Ranger has a great website that allows you to locate every federal and state public land in America..and of course there’s an app for that too.

The National Parks really are America’s gardens, you should go…