From this tranquil space, the red peaks of the Golden Gate Bridge, a beacon of hope and new life for pioneers in the early 20th century who traveled west with gold in their eyes, can be seen. It seems appropriate that this lush garden peaks over through the trees and watches over the city daily. Looking out at the view, with a clear blue sky and perfect springtime warmth, environmental stresses were the furthest thing from my mind.
Father Tom Lucas, a Jesuit professor at USF, maintains this secret garden, as he called it, because “it’s cheaper than psychotherapy.” He does his part to promote a healthy environment by planting olive trees, lemon trees, flowers, desert plants, all encompassed by the serene sound of a trickling fountain. The garden is shared among the 30 Jesuits in the community as a place to relax and find a piece of nature in the middle of the city. “Gardens give you breathing room. Gardens give you mental room,” Lucas said.
A block away, on the corner of Stanyan and
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