“More in a garden grows than what the gardener sows.” – Spanish Proverb.
In November, 2011 a plea went out in the Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary newsletter: “Homeward Bound desperately needs help with their Memorial Gardens.”
The article recounted two years of fits and starts, and multiple set-backs in the establishment of the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden. Volunteer groups had been mobilized, and projects started, but without a dedicated effort, nature quickly erased all that had been accomplished.
The article stated that volunteers would only need to come once a month “on whatever schedule works for you.” That month, about 14 interested volunteers met for a tour of what was described as a garden – but in truth, bore little resemblance to one. A year later, we look back and smile.
What was supposed to be a “once a month” visit has turned into at least weekly trips – and occasionally, as many as three. It’s not whatever schedule works for us – but the schedule that the gardens demanded to maintain forward momentum. Out of a tangle of thistle, weeds and rock, we have managed to carve out and encourage 13 flowering beds and two tree circle gardens; an orchard of fruit trees; bountiful grapevines; mulched paths; a stone patio; and an entry which will soon be paved with commemorative bricks honoring our beloved Goldens.
The garden is now maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers with all levels of gardening experience. We chronicle the progress of the garden and the dogs on this blog.
The Memorial Garden is a place to honor and remember our beloved Goldens (and their related friends) who have left our lives, but not our hearts. It is also a welcome place for all of the dedicated Homeward Bound volunteers, dog-walkers, and dogs to rest a bit in the shade and appreciate the peaceful surroundings. It is where we gather, share and build friendships around our common passion and mission: rescue.
Friendships, community and common bonds have all grown in the Memorial Garden, along with pride in what we accomplish, together.
There is always more to do than can be accomplished! If you live in the area and would like to join our group, contribute, or seek more information, please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch! If you are interested in purchasing a commemorative brick in honor of someone special, you will find more information here. The proceeds support dogs in need.
Thank you for visiting with us. We hope to see you in the Garden – in person, or virtually!