Remembering Martin Luther King

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On this day of remembrance for an extraordinary historical figure, I came upon Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco which houses a Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The exquisite use of water in this memorial is a powerful reminder of Martin Luther King’s eternal legacy as well as the power, beauty and eloquence of one of our greatest natural resources, water. The link is:  

Also, through my studies at seminary,, I’ve recently learned about the existence of ‘hush arbors’. In antebellum America, a hush arbor was a place where slaves secretly met to practice Christianity and to sing religious spirituals.  Hush arbors were frequently situated in swamps or wooded areas so that slaves’ voices were less likely to be heard by slave owners. Slaves could be severely punished for meeting for communal prayer.

For so many of us gardeners, our gardens are our sanctuaries and our chapels.  I feel especially grateful today to have the freedom to be able to garden on my own plot of land and pray whenever or wherever I wish without any repercussions. My wish is that all humans throughout the world should be able to enjoy such freedoms.

Please feel free to post any personal thoughts or photos from your garden in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Fran Sorin

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Lisa at Greenbow January 21, 2008, 4:14 pm

I had never heard of Hush Arbors. We are indeed some of the luckiest people in the world with all of our freedoms.

Sure like the pictured arbor. Its beauty is enough to bring a hush to conversation so you can admire it properly.


Sweet thoughts…thank you. As soon as I heard the term ‘hush arbor’, I felt a tingle throughout my body….it felt like a sacred place. Fran

Duncan Brine January 24, 2008, 7:01 pm

Martin Luther King might have said, “Many of us share a dream and that is that, one day, people will realize that this is one world and to keep it and us alive, the plant world must be considered and allowed to flourish. I have a dream that the intricate interconnectedness of nature will be recognized by all.”

Your thoughts are excruciatingly simple and beautiful. Thank you for stopping by. Would love to come and visit your garden some time in late spring. Would that be possible? Fran

Angela (Cottage Magpie) January 29, 2008, 11:02 pm

What an interesting and lovely post–I had never heard of “hush arbors” before. I love arbors–they have a magical quality about them. In the picture in the post, may I ask what the rose is on the arbor? It’s lovely. In my last garden I had Cecile Bruner, and I’m considering that again, but I also like New Dawn.
~Angela 🙂
I had never heard of hush arbors either until their purpose was explained to me in a seminar. Quite something, isn’t it? Am so sorry to tell you that I don’t know what the rambling rose is that I used on that arbor BUT in truth, I wouldn’t use it again. First, I would choose not to get a OB (once blooming) type of rose, rather a CB (continual or intermittent blooming) is the best as far as I’m concerned. And secondly, whatever this one is, it does more than ramble. There is only one rose for that entire bush and I and my crew spend an inordinate amount of time pruning and thinning this one. There is usually a price for beauty…so be it!!! Fran

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