Dear Friends,

In the freshness of a New Year, I ponder how far we have come in “growing our Garden” here at the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont. From the vision of Helen Flamini and early board members from 2008 until now; the schematic drawings provided in 2018 by Mikyoung Kim Design and Waterstreet Studio; the beginning of stewarding the gardens in 2019 and removing invasives, laying paths and creating outdoor gathering areas; the long-term land lease with the City of Charlottesville increasing our size from 8.5 acres to nearly 15, and the boost of fundraising in 2021 that sets our sights on building. There is so much momentum! This month we begin the process of choosing an architectural firm to design the buildings for the garden, and we will continue stewarding the south side of the stream to remove invasive species and open paths. As the stream restoration commences, we invite you to be a part of this process and watch the unfolding of a miracle in our midst.

From: When I am Among the Trees
by Mary Oliver

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
With light, and to shine.”

Come walk the paths in the gardens among the trees. I wish you all the best in this New Year, that you too may go easy, be filled with light and shine.

Consi Palmer