We’ve all been through a lot of challenges together in the 28 years since Harlequin’s Gardens first opened: drought, watering restrictions, flood, the advent of genetically engineered seeds and foods and neonicotinoid systemic pesticides, wars overseas, wildlife extinctions, immigration bans, political divisiveness, economic crises, increased crowding and traffic, rising costs and stagnant wages, rising obesity and auto-immune disorders, alarming gun violence, the COVID-19 pandemic, increased stress altogether……..
And what have we achieved together in the face of all these serious challenges? We and our customers and allies have created a true community of shared values. Harlequin’s Gardens started out tiny and obscure, and look at us now! For many years now, you’ve been encouraging and inspiring your friends, family and neighbors to head down our unpaved, dead-end road to learn about and partake of our organic, sustainable methods, plants and products. Your support and patronage have allowed us to gradually expand our production, facilities, offerings, staff, outreach and impact. How many times have we heard “This is my first time here. My neighbor has been telling me about Harlequin’s for years and I finally got here!”? Together we are making life in our community more sustainable, eliminating toxins from our landscapes, gardens and homes, bringing our soils back to life, sequestering tons and tons of carbon, reducing our use of precious fresh water resources, supporting countless pollinators, beneficial insects and wild birds, restoring and extending native habitat, creating beauty and bounty, providing healthy, organic food for our families, and teaching our neighbors how to benefit themselves and the greater community by practicing sustainable gardening.
You’ve also celebrated with us the return of Spring and Life at our May Day festivities, celebrated and supported our local and sustainable artisans and producers by buying your holiday gifts at our annual Holiday Gift Markets. You’ve taken up bee-keeping, not just for the honey, but to help ensure that our essential honeybees can survive. And during the current pandemic crisis, we so appreciate your patronage, your patience and your cheerful cooperation with our protocols and with each other!
Because of folks like you, the world is a better place, and we feel honored and grateful for the partnership you’ve made with us! It makes all of our efforts worthwhile, and joyful, too!