Because of you, Lan Su is there, right where you need it. You might recognize Grace, who has volunteered as a greeter at the front gate for many years. She first came to the garden while roaming the West Coast, looking for the right place to lay down roots. Grace was feeling lost and alone. Immediately after walking through Lan Su’s front gate, Grace felt a glimmer of calm.
On a tour, she saw the plum trees in full bloom. The guide explained that the winter blossoms symbolized strength and perseverance. Grace was moved to tears, and decided to land in Portland and quickly became involved in the garden.
Grace told me, “It is the only place I feel totally safe. It’s my sanctuary. It’s the place I come for both sadness and celebration. It gives me a chance to breathe and just be. Visiting through the seasons is a reminder that the only constant is change. Things won’t stay the same just because I want them to. This has been a tremendous life lesson.”
As a Lan Su supporter, you create a community that welcomes all people to find whatever they need at Lan Su. As you have probably experienced yourself, we all walk a little lighter on the way out.