By: Dan Camenga
On June 17, 2015 the human spirit was once again challenged. This time, tragedy struck our neighbors in Charleston, South Carolina at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. A senseless loss of life in a place of peace. Besides being saddened by the loss of our fellow citizens, I am left with a deep appreciation for the families of those who were killed. Even in light of tragedy, they have found the strength to express forgiveness. They have called for peace rather than hatred.
How does the loss of life in South Carolina relate to public horticulture? The same way it related to American communities after the tragedy in Newtown, CT just two and a half years ago.
Gardens can help us. We are drawn into beautiful spaces during some of the most difficult points in our lives. Public gardens can offer us a gathering place as well as a solitary place of peace. During times of joy and times of extraordinary pain, an America with gardens is a stronger America.
On behalf of the Garden Literacy project, we send our deepest condolences to the families who lost a loved one this week. We hope flowers and gardens will help strengthen and spread your message of peace in the days and years ahead.