Friday, September 12, 2008

9/11 Memorial Gardens

Last night the PBS coverage of the candidates' forum at Columbia University did a short feature on the 9/11 memorial garden at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Volunteers planted 25,000 daffodil bulbs in plots that were shaped like the twin towers. It was a bit disappointing to learn that the bulbs are no longer in bloom, but this is such a perfect example of ways that a community can come together and heal through gardening.

Stacey McGowan died on 9/11 and was the mother of a child who went to our school. "Stacey's Garden" was planted in our school courtyard as a memorial to her. I didn't know Stacey, but I think of her whenever I water it. Her garden is the first thing that people see when they come into our courtyard. It is tended by her mother and always has something in bloom.

Another member of our community who died on 9/11 is Wells Crowther. He was known as the "man with the red bandana". He was an equities trader and volunteer firefighter, only 24 years old, who helped many people get out of the towers safely. This year, my daughter was asked to bring in an article about a 9/11 hero. She said half the class brought in articles about Welles.


Joanne said...

It's touching that Stacey's Garden is also tended by her mother. It must help her. How moving, but sad, the way the victims' lives continue to touch so many, even in thought as their gardens grow.

tut-tut said...

Gardening and gardens are so very meditative, aren't they? Even the hard work of weeding becomes zenlike if you allow it to. Gardens and flowers planted for the victims really keep their spirits alive and among all of us.