The Garden Tour - I - The Memorial Grove - The Memorial Square
We are entering the woodland garden known as the Memorial Grove. Here and there are bells hanging from trees, placed in memory of a loved one who has passed over. The trellis at the path’s left was once in the Eldermound Bed.
At this point we leave behind the pebble paths. At left the low (pruned) shrubs are Douglas’ spirea, a native species named for one of the first botanical explorers (for whom the Douglas fir is also named).
Just around the bend and to the left is the Memorial Square. The two granite memorial benches in the foreground were placed for Jason Hauser, the one in the far corner for Michael Powers.
This is a space sometimes used for ritual. It is where the graduation ceremonies and Symposium take place for the Master Herbalist Program.
All of these rock bins were once located throughout the gardens, but the gardens are more protected with them here.
We walk east to leave the Memorial Square.
The path moves around a very large Bigleaf Maple, known by the gardeners as ‘Mother Maple.’
Those who visit the gardens in person will find a wonderful, magickal sight on the other side of Mother Maple, but the resident does not like a camera’s flash. This tour must respect privacy.
Mother Maple is at the left (out of sight).
Just at a very slight bend, on the left, is a patch of redwood sorrel.
And just beyond? At right?