Little did they know there was a 9/11 garden in Cincinnati

A garden gives the ultimate gift, a sense of control, on the ground, even over time. Then the leaves turn yellow, the first cold of September comes, and nature laughs. Gardening is a never-ending business.

In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Keep Non Beautiful, a non-profit organization, urged local partners to build gardens for freedom. Cincinnati answered the call, and after about 20 years, the park of freedom will grow, not only on that day, but in everything that follows, who we are, then we are now.

On the edge of the park

Linda Holterhoff, then president of Cincinnati Beauty, was hired by the National Fund for Freedom Garden and, in the tragedy of 9/11, found many volunteers. “People really worked together,” she says.

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