We all want to feel as if we know what direction we are going in but let’s face it, sometimes we do not have a clue! Although the white arrows may not help in guiding you through life, they can offer some assistance in navigating you toward the flowering displays in The Winterthur Garden. This blooming journey begins at the Visitors Center, winds you through the garden and ends at the back of the Dorrance Gallery (soup tureen display). The route in between changes weekly and features some well-known views and vistas as well as some paths less traveled. The arrows are making their debut a little earlier this year to keep up with our “April in March” blossom palette and will end with the flowering highlights in the Sycamore Garden (usually late May-early June but I am not placing bets on that this year).
The paragraph above has some purposeful word choices italicized—segueing into the next part of this article. The white arrows have been spruced up with a coat of fresh paint with a little help from some volunteers. The Winterthur Garden is pleased to have 11 volunteers from AmeriCorps with us for a little over 4 weeks this spring, lending a hand—22 hands in fact—to the multitude of tasks that go on in a spring garden and enabling us to give attention to the multitude of tasks that sometimes end up on the back burner (because of the afore mentioned multitude of tasks.) And talk about direction! These late teens-early twenty-something’s come to us from throughout the U.S. and with varied backgrounds and a lot of enthusiasm. It is heartening to have a group of people so willing to devote time and energy to “doing good” paired with a good attitude. When you have a moment, look up AmeriCorps http://www.americorps.gov/ and see how it is providing direction to young men and women who want to give a little something back.