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There may be some purple prose, for which I will absolutely not apologize for.
Several years ago a wonderful teenager came into our lives at the Arboretum, volunteering on Saturdays with me.
In the few years of volunteering she formed bonds with other high schoolers from completely different schools and it has been amazing to watch their friendships form and grow.
This past spring she spoke at our fundraiser, ART in the Garden. I will quote her here:
It is not really news that Monarch butterflies are in trouble. Their numbers have been dropping steadily for the last twenty or more years. Last week, (August 2022) the International Union for the Conservation of Nature put the Monarch on their red list of species that are endangered. This holds no legal protections or incentives to help the Monarch, but it shows that scientists are justifiably worried.
Orchids, birds of paradise, a huge (3 feet in diameter!) water lily and a modernistic multi-level 25 foot bamboo waterfall amid a lush rain forest, await at this year’s annual Philadelphia Flower Show. Celebrating its 189th year as the country’s longest-running horticultural event, this year’s show is sure to impress with its celebration of water, entitled, “Wonders of Water.” Tropical jungles, temperate forests, native woodlands and arid landscapes will abound.