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.
The City Park Board welcomed the Garden of Eden to a high ground near the old brick water tower. Landscape architecture companies Human nature and collar design volunteer services. Gifts from real estate industry leaders Christine Snownover and George Verkamp have been approved for masterpieces.
There are no vertical signs in the garden. Instead, the entrance to the Alpine site features seven stone triangles to reflect the crown of freedom. Calling the Garden Tulip Poplarts grew from pieces of the Tree of Freedom in Annapolis, under which the colonies of Maryland were plotting a revolution.
Snake Road, built by Pres Construction Pro Bono, adjusts the slope of the fig tree. The walk also gives the impression of human landscape architect David Whitaker, “Freedom and liberty is an ongoing journey, not entirely complete.”
Four blocks of Indiana limestone stand along the way. In each of the Cincinnati sculptures, Karen Heyle, President Franklin Roosevelt, interpreted the four wishes of January 1941 during another crisis: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of choice, freedom of fear.
“We still haven’t got the four freedoms, do we?” Heyle said last week. “The sculptures themselves are very subtle, in contrast to the four freedoms they represent. Those are realistic goals. I had to think: ‘How is fear? What does search look like? ‘It’s easy to say, but it’s hard to convey. ”
‘For the Sorrow and the Fearful Steps’
The road stones contain more verses about freedom, from the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, but also to the 20th century.
This country will not be a good place for any of us unless we have a good place to live.President Theodore Roosevelt.
Conflict of ideas is the voice of freedom. Former First Lady Bird Johnson
Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and misses something.Author H. Jackson Brown Jr.
The road leads to a bronze tower around the park’s lawn.
Hawkins said last week: “On the way to my crossroads, you have time to think that they are the sites of the cross. አሉ There are many levels of grief and horror and shock, somehow, this type of sculpture installs the way a person thinks about it.
At the “Memorial”, the road stops. In New York, Washington, DC, and Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, flat stones were laid at unusual angles. The only way out is to go back.
In the park’s condominium, the 16-story south view of St. James overlooks the Freedom Park. In time, the residents accepted the offer. According to resident Mary Kay Levesay, about a dozen residents take care of the garden, raising funds for technical assistance. A few years ago, condom residents paid for a new irrigation system.
Residents Liz Scheurer and Levesay prefer plants. “We have been going for many years, so we don’t have to raise a lot of money every year,” said Ure.
With its arts and vegetables and good intentions, the garden’s wounded freedom will be a time when America is sure to attack itself. But the Freedom Park also testifies to the aftermath of 20 years of unfinished business, war on terror, patriotic law, the 2008 financial crisis, the outbreak of violent white nationalism, and the cholera epidemic.
Whitter said, “Certainly, 9/11 events are less important than ever before,” but I still feel the idea of freedom and liberty. It is an ever-improving interaction. I have different feelings on different days. “