(Alma) Gene and Dale Bauer: The Daffodil Garden in Running Springs, California
     
     
           
     
 

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(Alma) Gene & Dale Bauer
Garden Artists & Plant Managers Extraordinaire 

Photo courtesy of Claire Curran

"Heaven is at our feet, as well as above us."


March 29, 2003
  

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Bauer,

In the spring of 1999, weekending up at Big Bear Lake, I first learned about your garden by reading about it in the Big Bear Grizzly, the local paper.  

~twm

It was during a low time in my life, as a few months earlier, I had just lost my dear ole Dad.

I will always be grateful to you as my visit to your garden lifted my spirits tremendously.  What you have created is a thing of beauty and it brought welcomed sunshine and cheer into my life. 

The joy of your garden remained in our hearts, my husband's and mine, long after our visit. 

 

Although we've never met, it was obvious to us --and all who visit The Daffodil Garden -- that you are uncommonly generous souls and a one of a kind couple.  How could we know then that later that year, you would be facing huge losses with the Willow Fire.  Your shared love, collaboration and devotion to your garden impressed us then, and even more now. 

"Two are better than one 
because they have a good return for their labor. 
For if either of them falls, 
the one will lift up his companion."
~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

The fire's devastation did not deter you.  You've rebuilt your home and restored the daffodil garden.  Once again, it is radiantly beautiful.  At every turn, your unbridled joy in living continues to be reflected throughout your garden.  

Whatever gift each of you may have received,
use it in service to one another,
like good stewards dispensing the grace of God
in its varied forms.

~
I Peter 4:10

I aspire to the following words of wisdom. You two definitely fit the bill: 


To
laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the
appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate
beauty, to find the best in others;

To
leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has
breathe
d easier because you have lived..

This is to have succeeded!

~ Emerson

 

As I write this, too many of our mountain pines are succumbing to the bark beetle infestation and our country is once again engaged in a war.  This time, with Iraq.  As I walked your paths, once again my flagging spirits were lifted and I surrendered my worries and concerns to the Creator.  In your garden, I was reminded of what I already know in my heart:  No matter what the uncertainty, we're in good Hands. 

I was putting my digital photos of your garden on to an online photo album to share with my family in Hawai`i (no daffodils there).  Once again, seeing those daffodils put a smile on my face.  It was then that I was moved to express my thanks to you by creating a Web site for you and your garden and "pay it forward".

Some people golf, quilt, needlepoint or fish for fun, others grow daffodils and build garden paths.  As for me, I create Web sites, one page at a time, as gifts for family and friends.  You are friends we have yet to meet, yet you already feel like family.  

Although it is but an amateur's effort, I hope you will enjoy this Web site.  Our gift honors you and your garden.  It is our pāna`i.  We hope to make your garden everlasting and accessible.

  • Such fleeting beauty.  Three weeks.  Such a slender window in time.  This site will serve to preserve for posterity the otherwise ephemeral springtime beauty of your daffodils.

  • Nestled in the hinterlands and off an unbeaten track, your garden is sequestered from the rest of the world. For most, it is still an undiscovered secret garden.  Now, your garden will be "accessible" on the Web all year 'round, not just for us who make our annual pilgrimage, but especially for those -- physically-impaired or shut-in -- who will never have the chance to see your garden in person.  

It is my hope that this bright spot on the Web will provide welcome respite for the world-weary.  Even during the dog days of summer or the dead of winter! Your daffodils will lift spirits and instill hope.  Just as they did for us today.  We are breathing easier...

 

With Aloha and Mahalo for your vision, toil, optimism and generosity of spirit, this Web site is dedicated to you, Mr. and Mrs. Bauer, a most successful pair filled with the Aloha Spirit

 

 

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(She answers the questions that visitors ask her) 

   

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