|Photo of Reservation 232 taken in 1927 (photo courtesy of Historical Society of Washington)|
Gardening for me is mostly a solitary activity. But the last few months, I’ve been sharing my watering, weeding, and transplanting with my ten-month old.
|Image by Fred Jeranes|
Moments like these make me think about other gardeners. If I feel most like myself—most grounded—while I wander through my garden, then I want to know other gardeners as they are in their gardens. How do they see their gardens differently than I do? What do they care for and love?
The Friends of Kim Brenegar have proposed a most fitting memorial. Together with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, the Friends group will redesign, restore, and maintain a garden called Kim’s garden on the site of a National Park Service Reservation at the intersection of 8th Street SE and Independence Avenue that Kim volunteered her time to maintain.
This garden will be an ideal tribute to Kim. What I love most about this project is not just the physical space—the garden—dedicated as a memorial, but that volunteers and friends will remember Kim through the act of gardening. It’s not so much the place that is connected to her memory, but the activity of caring for the garden as Kim did.
We are what we love. To connect with another, we must love what they loved, care for what they cared for, and cultivate what they cultivated. In doing so, we get a glimpse of the heart.
To read more about Kim’s Garden, click here.