Mon 15 Oct, 2012
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Garden Writers Association, Tucson
We had a lovely time on Saturday, welcoming members of the Garden Writers Association to our Tucson, Arizona, monastery.
Members of the international Garden Writers Association tour the Tucson monastery grounds as part of the group’s annual symposium on horticulture and gardening.
The tour showcased spots around Tucson that were selectively chosen to highlight the horticulture industry and public and private gardens.
Tucson Prioress Sister Ramona Varela (left) takes a moment to visit with those attending the GWA tour.
Program attendees visited sites such as the Tucson Botanical Gardens, the Alan D. Richards Garden, the Native Seed/SEARCH seed bank, the Community Gardens of Tucson (hosted in part by the Benedictine Sisters) and the Sisters’ monastery.
“They told us we were the first monastery that has opened its doors to the group, and many expressed how peaceful it was, walking through the landscaped grounds,” Tucson Prioress Sister Ramona Varela, OSB said, noting that the grounds have undergone extensive improvements over the past few years due to the efforts of a dedicated core of local volunteers and professionals.
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