Sunday, 17 September 2017

Formal Gardening

Last weekend I finished tidying up the plants at
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel in Medicine Hat,
Alberta.  The photos show what it will look like
until next spring when the plants begin to grow
again.

I've been here tending the trees and shrubs for
about twenty-five years and that is longer than
anyone else has currently been associated with the
funeral home.  In this day and age I'm sure that
seems like an eternity, especially to young people.
I certainly can't expect everyone to understand but
it is still very rewarding after all that time.  I
believe that working with and simply being
around plants has enriched and continues to
enrich my life.  

Some years back we had a devastating winter
and well over half of the plants were so
irreparably damaged that they needed to be
removed and replaced.  It's a shame when that
happens, but I try to see it as a new beginning.
Fast forward to the here and now and you'd
never know that anything that drastic ever
happened.

People come here for solace in a time of sadness
and loss.  This formal landscape is meant to not
only help ease a personal loss but to help give
structure to move ahead towards more hopeful
times.  It's an honour to help in a time of need.

Enjoy the plants.

Photographed on September 10, 2017.

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gardening, funeral, Medicine Hat, Alberta, formal, cemetery

gardening, funeral, Medicine Hat, Alberta, formal, cemetery

gardening, funeral, Medicine Hat, Alberta, formal, cemetery

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