“Nothing is so beautiful as spring”
–Gerard Manley Hopkins
Dear Friends of the Grove,
To be sure, no single day of the year passes without some flower’s blossom offering up a colorful contrast to the canvas of greens that is the National AIDS Memorial Grove. But spring offers the piéce de resistance when thousands of buds open, inhaling with abandon a new cycle of life. Right now, the Grove offers a carpet of rich earth-sprung colors: waning magnolias and tea trees, emerging echium, dogwood, rhododendrons and lavender. All this beauty would not be possible without your financial support. Thank you.
The Grove exists as an award-winning landscape because of the countless hours that hundreds of volunteers have devoted to it. However, volunteers cannot do the job on their own; we also need your continued financial support. It is your support that allows those who tend the Grove to respect its storied past, while continuing to enhance this place of healing, hope, and remembrance. With your support, here is a sample of projects your investment will help to complete this year:
- Re-plant the area surrounding the recently installed Nancy Pelosi Walkway, and add a new brochure kiosk.
- Repair and resurface the two paths that border the meadow, and restore the meadow lawn with much needed soil aeration, underground drainage paths, and replanting.
- Plant low native species to breathe new life into the understory of the South Portal entrance, and explore the installation of a boardwalk to protect the shallow root system in the Redwood Grove.
During the spring, summer and fall, our precious volunteers will contribute more than 6,000 hours to help us complete these projects and to maintain the Grove as a magnificent American memorial, a living memorial that in its own way breathes oxygen into the planetary atmosphere that begs for more.
The Grove receives no government funding for its ongoing operations, but relies solely upon our volunteers and the sustained generosity of individuals like you. I ask you to again support the National AIDS Memorial Grove to help us continue to transform both landscape and lives. Planting trees, digging weeds, and spreading mulch do more than beautify this national treasure; these small acts do something much larger – they transform lives and sustain community.
John B. Cunningham
P.S. If you haven’t visited the Grove yet this spring, now is the time!