By: Jeanie Gruber BJG Board Member & JVGB Garden Mentor Just about 4 years ago in New Orleans, I was awakened daily by the crowing of a rooster. I don’t know why, but I fell in love. Before day break I anticipated its melodious alarm clock. Simultaneously “Dawn” introduced herself to me. She varied her morning wardrobe […]
The garden is clearly a source of Jewish inspiration for her, “It’s beyond miraculous and feels very divine to me” she said, “and it puts me in touch with beauty, it elevates my spirits, and it opens my heart. That all seems to me like Jewish values.”
In my neighborhood, at my shul Temple Beth Israel in Waltham, a 70-year-old native Dogwood tree anchors the front lawn. Every autumn, it bears loads of red ripe berries to offer. A dozen species of birds reply to this offering and then, in payment, deposit the tree seeds from their last meal. Hundreds of baby trees germinate each year, but the rabbit eats most and the landscapers would eliminate the leftovers.