Tuesday of last week, we officially designated the garden area on the west side of the Rose Haven sign as the Louis Randolph Memorial Garden. By that I mean we were able to meet up with Betty Randolph, owner of New Beginning Funeral Home, the wife of Louis. We presented her with the garden sign long enough for her to hold it and experience its meaning. Then, fittingly, sweaty and worn after a morning working in the heat that has claimed these last two weeks, we took the sign out to the garden and planted it next to the short walkway leading to the heart of the garden and the stone bench. It was done.
There for that opportunistic moment that Betty was at the funeral home, Kevin Glymph and his son Ayden helped me sink the sign. And Bella, who now spends as much time in the gardens as I do, was also a witness. Kevin is a 23-year Army Veteran, a former Ranger and Special Forces. With this planting he became that connection between Veterans and the generosity of Betty and the funeral home. Pamlico Rose will maintain the Randolph Memorial Garden. We trust that once the heat dials back, folks will take the opportunity to walk up the rustic concrete steps and sit down on the bench and grab a minute, or two. Depending on time of the day, your companions will be dragonflies, honeybees, butterflies, and a robin or two dancing through the plants. I might even join you. –Robert Greene Sands