When a garden spreads love, it celebrates Venice’s creative culture
By Holly Geneva
As visitors head to the canals of Venice, visitors may have seen a flower bed that looks like a fairy tale on the 24th and the streets of the Pacific.
This is a mysterious garden where tourists and locals alike will stumble in fear.
The garden was created by CD Lindenbam, otherwise known as the “wise” community of Venice. (Interesting fact – lindenba is almost from the German meaning linden tree).
Sid can be seen around the bike or with his wife of 10 years traveling with Gena. Sid spreads joy in his secret garden.
Thirty-plus years ago, Sid found the space, which was an empty space in front of the building. Designed to be built in the 1900’s, he is eager to start a garden near the building. He started his garden in the sand.
“So he planted this beautiful garden,” said Gena. He calls them (the plants) His children and He really cares for them.
The garden is adorned with bright flowers and tree branches covered with silk designs and doll images (some special for the holidays). The yarn is made of organic fiber, which is breathable and does not damage the trees.
However, to Sid and Gena, the meaning of the garden is beyond creation.
He said the garden was a source of fresh air for both of them because of the crisis.
“We are grateful that we have a garden that is our spiritual temple,” she said.
Sid and Gena are not Venetians, but they call it home because they love an accepted, active creative community.
Sid is from Kansas but is a retired rehabilitation nurse who has lived in Venice for more than 30 years.
Gena is from Ukraine, and she and her family are celebrating the 30th anniversary of 2021, when she and her family moved to the United States.
Gena and Sid met at Kassa Escobar in 2004 at the Marina del Ray (now Jamaica Bay in).
Gena and her friend had to watch a movie, but instead chose to go dancing. Sid was on the bar and he and Gena began to exchange glances.
“And then the next thing I know is that he came to our table and that’s the rest of the story,” Gena said.
At Christmas, many know Sid and Genna as Mr. and Mrs. Klaus. They enjoy spreading happiness in the community.
“If they give you something, they will receive something,” said Gena.
Gena hopes that the park will be improved over time and that everyone will do their part to keep the community clean so that they can withstand the healing power of art.
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