You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you what you cannot learn from teachers.

Bernard of Clairvaux, early 12th c.



A Tree Falls in Westvale


The Ottawa Tulip Tree


in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Why share photos inferior in composition and quality to thousands already on the web? Why photos from a garden tended less than it could be? A good answer is from Bess Truman, wife of the US President. One spring when they lived in Washington, she reached her limit of politics and decided to return home to Independence, Missouri. "Harry, I need to see dogwoods bloom," she said. "Not just any dogwoods. I need to see my dogwoods bloom." Fact is, no two gardens are alike. Each is an extension of the gardener. We share moments from our garden with gratitude to all who share moments in theirs.

As of September 2006, this webpage is only beginning to be composed. For now, join us in appreciating just two of our trees. We planted each of them in April, 1990, and each of them has bloomed for the first time in August, 2006. Immediately below is the American Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana). Below it is the Chinese Scholar Tree (Sophora japonica), for which my wife and I — being scholars by trade — feel special affinity and fondness.

Kenneth Westhues