Afternoon of October 27, 2014: a very beautiful, sunny day for a very beautiful ceremony - the Wiley family decided to plant a tree in memory of Mary Ann, and family and friends gathered to do so.
|Front of the invitation, with model of a future gatehouse|
Mary Ann was a long time and very active guide in the Garden, initiating and participating in many projects, including authoring a booklet of most popular plants and chairing new docent training; she was also the prime mover in taking the Gate House project from idea to reality.
|Back of the invitation, with picture of Mary Ann at the construction site|
Every time you stroll through our beautiful courtyard entrance which resembles a Japanese village (completed in 2009), Mary Ann Wiley's energy is there: she advocated and tirelessly raised money for this exquisite Gate complex which now houses a meeting place (Tateuchi Community Room), several offices, gardens and notably: restrooms!:)
May Ann was appalled by the previously existing portable restrooms for the guides and visitors alike (the Garden is in WA Park Arboretum, and not a walking distance from any 'civilization' type facilities) and frequently joked about the utmost importance of the proper restrooms in the newly constructed project.
|SJG • 10/27/14 - Osakazuki akame maple, planted in memory of Mary Ann Wiley; |
view from the path outside roji
The tree chosen to remember Mary Ann Wiley is Osakazuki Akame, a Japanese maple of an upright, dense growing habit with fairly large leaves, which are spectacularly crimson-red in fall. It was planted inside the Tea House Garden, by the south fence of it; it is very well visible from the surrounding path and its branches make for an attractive, lacy screen between the path and the roji.