My interest in East Orange Gardens (outside of
my own garden) began the day before Earth Day (4/21/10). I went
around the city photographing public
spaces that needed cleaning. I took this photo of the corner
of City Hall Plaza in front of the Post Office at that time, not
realizing that it was actually a historic monument.
The copper plaque on the rock reads: "This
garden is dedicated to the Senior Citizens of East Orange in
recognition of and appreciation for their contribution to the
growth and development of our city. May 31, 1962."
Since my "discovery" of something that
had been in plain site for as long as I have lived in East Orange
and over the years that I have visited the Post Office, I have
resolved to take personal responsibility for the site until such
time as others come forward to help with its maintenance, or take
it over completely.
As of November 2010, I no longer have a car, so
someone else will have to take over the care of the Senior
Garden. I will be transferring my attention to the town Clock Garden which is a
short walk from my home and requires less maintenance.