Prepared by: Mindrolling International News Staff
Published: 19 April 2012
In keeping with Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche’s vision to have a garden of flowering trees and fruit trees leading up to the new future shrine room, Lotus Garden now has its first tree nursery.
During the past few months, Rinpoche and Jetsün Dechen Paldrön have selected 22 different types of flowering, ornamental, and fruit trees suitable for Lotus Garden’s climate and soil conditions. These include the Yoshino cherry, which both Rinpoche and Jetsünla are very fond of.
Britton Bosarge, who is overseeing this project, ordered 142 trees and plants in early spring. On April 7, all 142 trees and plants arrived and were planted the very next day. To protect these small trees, which currently range from six inches to three feet in height, they were each carefully planted in individual three- or five-gallon plastic plant pots before placing them in the ground and staking each one for added protection. A newly installed drip emitter system slowly and regularly delivers water directly to the root zone of each plant. This enables deeper roots and more foliage and conserves water by reducing evaporation and runoff.
Everyone is excited about the new nursery and very much looks forward to the day these trees will be transplanted to create what will be known as the Garden of the Four Immeasurables—a garden that will complement and enhance the beauty of our future shrine room.
Please stay tuned to learn how you can make donations to sponsor these trees. The official donation website will go live very soon.