Gardener's Grapevine 2013.06.12

This weekend has really flown by. It was basically family weekend and we cherish them. Nick’s away at college, Jac and Henry are busy with the baby, so it’s the rare occasion we can all be together. 

Art and I renewed our vows on Saturday with a dinner afterward. Sunday was Max’s baptism and the party for our pastor and his wife leaving. Pastor Jack is retiring after next Sunday and he is leaving a huge mark on our church family. I know this is a gardening column but sometimes life mimics other things. Everything we do leaves a mark on this world, good or bad.

A few years back we had a garden club meeting where all the old scrapbooks were brought out. I opened one at random and started reading. It was about the trees in Morenci and their age. Someone had taken the time to go around town and document the circumference of the old trees. It was fascinating. I’m sure there are a lot of the trees long gone. I thought about the people who planted them and what their hopes or visions for them were. Did they expect them to live over a hundred  years? Were they thinking of the space and impact they would have on the area in which they were planted?

There are at least two crabapple trees at the park that are very old and very large. Art and I have admired them for years. In fact, they are the reason we planted crabapple trees around our property. I have often wondered how old they are and if the Wakefields planted them or they were planted after the city was given the land to use as a park. 

Every time we plant something we are making a mark on the future, even if it is in the seeds that are produced and redeposit by wind or birds. We, as humans, have a way of making a mark on others as well. When I was a child and went to church, most of my grade school teachers also went to church with me. I wasn’t a troublemaker, but there was no way I could have been anyway. Every direction I turned there was someone who had made an impression on me or could call me to the table.

Jack and Sandy Cahill are like the big old trees in our town. They were brought here for a purpose, they made a mark that will be here for years to come. When you plant a new tree or shrub, look to the future and think where it will be in 50 years. Maybe it needs to be rethought and set back a bit further from the house. When you interact with others, think about the future also. What you say and do today defines what mark you leave. We can all hope in gardening, life and our personal legacies that we are leaving something noteworthy.