Letter to the editor 3, Nov. 19, 2015

Dear Editor,

Last week 1200 huge yellow daffodils were planted on the back lawn of the Town of Hudson’s History Garden on Main Road, thanks to Hudson Greenhouse of St Lazare. The owner John Van Egmond has been an ongoing generous donor since the inception of the garden three years ago.

We have to ask ourselves why does John Van Egmond donate bulbs to a garden in the Town of Hudson?

Van Edmond doesn’t live in Hudson, nor does his business need the advertisement. Van Egmond runs a wholesale operation, not open to the public. Hudson has a unique layer of social fabric that includes folks who live in various municipalities in MRC Vaudreuil Soulanges, and yet, consider themselves Hudsonites. Their citizen status in Hudson is virtually a ‘state of mind’.

Van Egmond is one of them. His gift of daffodils does not stem from an obligation; his giving is of the purest form. It is a good will offering, independent of personal gains aimed at community building. Bedded into the mass of huge yellow daffodils at The History Garden is not only good will but also hope. Hope of spring blooms, sunshine, green grass and a better tomorrow.

Elaine Steinberg

Curator of The History Garden

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