A Zen garden emerges

A slideshow of Wendy Johnson planting a Zen garden in northern New MexicoEmily Baker

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In early April, after 110 straight days without precipitation, the residents, sangha, and guests of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico gathered with Wendy Johnson, renowned gardener and lover of the wild and cultivated world, to plant a garden at the gate of our community. It was an act of attention and care in a time when climate change is all too apparent, when drought portends the summer’s extreme forest fires across Southwestern ecosystems. Martin Luther said, “Even if the world were to end tomorrow, today I would plant an apple tree.” We took great hope in the act of blessing for a world gone awry. It was an act of trust—a belief that in this moment we could create something beautiful, nourishing, and inspirational.

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