By Trish Watlington – Board President
May is a month of celebrations! From May Day on May 1st to National Macaroon Day on May 31st, how lucky we are to be a part of what is happening in Mission Hills during the month of May.
And yet, with all the possible early celebrations in May we all know the month of May truly begins locally with the Mission Hills Garden Walk. The 2015 Garden Walk will take place the Saturday before Mother’s Day, on May 9th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Hosted by the Mission Hills Garden Club, the garden walk includes a mix of sensational gardens and significant historical architecture with plenty to admire for garden enthusiasts. The walk will begin at our own Mission Hills Nursery, created by Kate Sessions the “Mother of Balboa Park”, and conclude with a Wine Reception at the Mission Hills Nursery from 3:00PM until 4:30PM. And don’t forget to fortify before or restore after with a visit to one of Mission Hills many notable restaurants. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit Mission Hills Garden Club – Garden Walk.
The second weekend in May is also Mother’s Day. Sunday May 10 will be an extra busy brunch day as we celebrate the wonderful role of mothers in our lives. Do remember to make your reservations early. With acclaimed local chefs preparing delicious food, there is no reason to leave Mission Hills. When it comes to pampering, who is more deserving than mom? With a Mission Hills gift of a relaxing massage therapy session, a salon make-over, a beautiful bouquet of flowers or any unique specialty item ranging from an antique to zonal geraniums, you’ll find an array of presents to please even the pickiest mom, without ever leaving the neighborhood.
We finish up the month with the Memorial Day observance on Monday May 25. While we gather with our families and friends around picnics and al fresco dining, please give a moment of thought to those who have died serving in our country’s armed forces. One way to honor them is to take the time to view the Combat Arts’ San Diego “Veteran Mural Project” on the north facing wall of Harley Gray, 4010 Goldfinch. I was honored to participate in the December 2014 unveiling ceremony honoring our nation’s veterans and the artistic achievements of six combat veterans. This mural is part of a public art campaign whose aim is to share veteran art with the public to raise awareness regarding the challenges vets face when they come home from war. Pause. Reflect. Be Thankful.
“These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.” – Michael N. Castle