We have a tradition in my nuclear family. Every Thanksgiving we gather all the orphans in the neighborhood (those without extended families) and we share a pot luck dinner. We go around the table and each person tells what they are most grateful for. When times are tough, it forces us to find our silver lining.
There is no need to look for the silver lining when it comes to the Halifax Public Gardens (at least not for me). It was a spectacular long summer and it feels like it will go on forever.
I’m thankful for having the Public Gardens in my city and in my life. It brings me peace, purpose and is a feast for my eyes.
I’m thankful for the Chief Horticulturist of the Public Gardens… an amazing woman, who has brought new energy into the Gardens.
She facilitates the task for everyone who shares her devotion to maintaining and supporting this wonderful treasure in our city. Thank you Bev, for being a pragmatic, inclusive custodian.
I’m grateful to the gardeners for nurturing this wonderful place (a back breaking job), and for the hundreds of times they patiently pause in their work to answer our (sometimes comical) questions. Who better to ask? Thank you all for making me feel a part of you- something I’m very proud of.
Thank you to my fellow board members of The Friends of the Public Gardens, an eclectic and interesting bunch of people who have worked for years (decades even) to ensure that the Gardens get the attention and support it deserves.
Thank you to Clary Peters, a member of the Maritime Ship Modelers’ Guild, who is the keeper of the Titanic model moored on Griffin’s pond.
Clary manhandles a return trip of this 200 lb. model, from the pond to his workshop where he tries to repair the damage done by roosting waterfowl on a yearly basis . He’s in competition for the back breaking award of the year.
Thanks to the kids who always bring a smile to my face. I’d say I’m ready for grandchildren but I hope my 22 year old daughter doesn’t grant me my wish! It’s nice to see a new generation getting hooked on the Gardens.