On October 7, poetry readings and live music marked a special moment at the Memory Hub! A big group of "old timers" from the Out and About Walks, a local dementia-friendly walking group, gathered in Maude's Garden to dedicate a young tree planted in memory of loved ones they have lost.
The memory garden tree is a 5-year-old dwarf Japanese maple called a Mikawa Yatsubusa. As it continues to establish, the tree will put on a dramatic show, turning from a fresh chartreuse green in the spring, to a mellow forest green in the summer, and a fiery red, orange, and pink combo in the fall.
At the end of the event, everyone passed around watering cans to sprinkle water on the newly planted tree. As community member Nancy Olsen told the group..."Water the tree to share your love and to help its roots grow deep and strong as our memories."