Peace Garden Dedication Speech
"What you see before you is a manifestation of the love Rosicrucians feel for this place that we call Rosicrucian Park and the commitment we feel toward the ideals of Peace and Tolerance." -Grand Master Julie Scott, Rosicrucian Peace Garden dedication speech
The Rosicrucian Peace Garden was first conceived in the early 1990s. In 2000, when the Board of Directors of the English Grand Lodge for the Americas was considering the ways in which to renovate Rosicrucian Park in preparation for the 2004 AMORC World Peace Conference, they chose the design conceived and planned by Grand Master Peter Bindon of the English Grand Lodge for Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Grand Master Bindon is a recognized authority on native people around the world. He drew upon his talents as a botanist and anthropologist to design an educational garden, authentic to the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypta period in which great turmoil existed, yet our ancient forebears found a way in which to create a peaceful sanctuary in their lives.
This garden is based on examples of gardens from the remains of the city of Akhetaton, now called Amarna. The people of Akhetaton would take their rest in gardens next to their homesgardens full of medicinal plants and beautiful flowers. The Egyptians were very practical people, and so all of the plants that appeared in their gardens had some use, be it as food or medicine - although they carefully planted to take advantage of the beauty of each plant. A pool in the garden provided a cool spot for relaxation and contemplation, as well as habitat for fish and lotus plants. Small buildings in the garden provided places to honor ancestors and the royal family. Arbors hung with grapes decorated these gardens, as well as providing fruit and wine to the family. Grand Master Bindon’s thoughtful attention to every detail in this garden has created a truly educational as well as inspirational experience for guests at Rosicrucian Park.
San Jose City Council Member Ken Yeager and Consul General Mr. Khaled Ismail of the Egyptian Consulate presented brief statements acknowledging the importance of this new landmark and recognizing the ongoing contributions of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC to the community.
Grand Master Peter Bindon spoke on Peace.
Grand Master Julie Scott thanked Grand Master Bindon and all those involved in the creation of the Rosicrucian Peace Garden.