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Cutting through the appearance of a rose

The rose pruning this year was an especially wonderful team effort!

Rose pruning is a yearly garden event. This year a larger than normal number of volunteers were involved with this activity. Each volunteer brought new light and dimension to the team and the completion of the rose pruning was one of the quickest of all previous years! 

We helped each other in many ways. Some cleared weeds around the roses to increase visibility for the cutters; others gathered the cuttings and filled wheel barrows lined across pathways; others cut the cuttings to increase the efficacy of garden compost and finally, there were those who worked behind the scenes in preparing morning tea. All activities were interdependent, one effort with many outcomes and benefits.  

Afterwards, each appearance of the once blooming rose bushes had changed.  Images of past roses, the joy of colours, shapes, fragrances and blooms of harvests now just images dissolved in time. Like all things, the team came together and then parted leaving signs of their work in the form of the buds of future roses. 

Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden’s legacy lives on in the ongoing maintenance and cultivation of the garden. Week after week, month after month and year after year, the garden in its spaciousness reflects the images of those working quietly in harmony with each other, the elements and fauna living within the garden.

By Angela Scherma

Please note: The gardening team has introduced monthly garden open days on the third Saturday of each month for the remainder of 2021 – 23 October, 20 November and 18 December, COVID willing. Everyone is welcome.