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The Gifts of Spring
Happy Spring to all of you who are part of our close community of friends at The Huntington. Spring is my favorite time of year, the rains of winter having finally retreated (it is actually raining while I write this sentence—such a welcome sight), leaving our gardens soaked through and through. I look forward to this spring’s gifts of early flowers and especially the wisteria coming into bloom.
April has always been my favorite month—apologies to T.S. Eliot—and when I lived in far upstate New York it was the season of hope, as winter finally began to recede; and, dotted in the melting snow, I’d see winking daffodils and sparkling grape hyacinths beginning to emerge. April was the month my son was born, and this year he will turn 21 years old at the college he attends in upstate New York. I think I’ll surprise him with a nice delivery of tulips—our favorite flower.
This is one of the most beautiful times of year for visitors coming to The Huntington. Our devoted volunteer groups are readying the gardens for our pleasure—everyone please salute Tom Carruth’s Rose Garden “deadheaders”—and I echo Emerson’s sentiment that “The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.” I make it part of my everyday routine to take a walk around the grounds to observe our guests’ delight over their Huntington experience. From schoolchildren delightedly walking under the waterfall in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, to groups of seniors studying the new drought-tolerant plantings in our Celebration Garden, to the hip high schoolers oohing and ahhing at their first glimpse of the Japanese Garden and bridge, everyone loves The Huntington.
I frequently receive notes from our guests—sometimes poetry they have spontaneously written, other times worries about the drought—and I recently a note from a seven-year-old guest named Rocco that has become my favorite thus far:
Sorry for breaking the light. It was an accident. I feel bad. I am giving you a nine dollar donation to help the garden fix the lamp. This is from my allowance.”
Rest assured a letter commending Rocco for great honesty and good character has been sent, along with a few Huntington treats.
Enjoy our Huntington this spring!
Laura Skandera Trombley, President