A special message from Katrina Wise,
Executive Director of Paul’s Run Retirement Community:
What does a garden mean to you? The English philosopher Francis Bacon saw the garden as the purest of human pleasures. American writer and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said that earth laughs in flowers. And French painter Claude Monet believed his garden to be his most beautiful masterpiece.
To Paul’s Run resident Angie the garden provides the perfect backdrop to friends and fellowship. “Being able to enjoy the outdoors with friends lifts your spirit,” she says. Paul’s Run resident Emma champions the outdoors as an antidote to bolster well-being, and suggests one can get a daily dose of happiness by walking in the garden.
The garden means harmony, joy and rejuvenation to Angie, Emma and all of our beloved residents, who now, because of your continued interest and support, can enjoy a new outdoor space known as the Friendship Garden.
This enchanting refuge—which envelopes a serene walking path, lovely flowers, and soothing water feature—is a tranquil space where residents and family members can meditate, pray, reminisce, or simply soak up the pleasures of nature.
“I am more myself in a garden than anywhere else on earth.” ~Author and gardening expert Doug Green
Julie Stumpf, Director of Spiritual Life, reflects these beautiful words when she describes the Friendship Garden. “Residents are commenting on the garden’s appeal. It has elements of stillness, yet also movement of life that is represented by a gentle fountain.”
“This garden is a special place—a place that engages the senses and the spirit through flowers, colors, and the sound of water. It is apart from the busyness of the community and its high traffic areas. Here residents can experience the divinity of nature in a space that is organic and still,” says Julie.
The continued beautification of the Friendship Garden depends on the generosity of kind donors.
With deep gratitude,