Membership Plea 2012

There was also, beside the acropolis, the Hanging Gardens, as it is called, which was built… to please [the king’s wife]; for she, they say, being a Persian by race and longing for the meadows of her mountains, asked the king to imitate, through the artifice of a planted garden, the distinctive landscape of Persia… When the ascending terraces had been built, there had been constructed beneath them galleries which carried the entire weight of the planted garden and rose little by little one above the other along the approach; and the uppermost gallery, which was fifty cubits high, bore the highest surface of the park, which was made level with the circuit wall of the battlements of the city…The earth had been piled to a depth sufficient for the roots of the largest trees of every kind that, by their great size or any other charm, could give pleasure to the beholder. And since the galleries, each projecting beyond another, all received the light, they contained many royal lodges of every description; and there was one gallery which contained openings leading from the topmost surface and machines raising the water in great abundance from the river, although no one outside could see it being done.*

As in the garden, you, our friends and members, are not only the very earth from which our indispensable nourishment is drawn, and to which our perhaps bitter fruits return, but also the hidden machine that brings to our efforts the vital waters, without which there would be no garden. You are at once the source of our growing and the reason for our being. Please join with us as we together carefully tend and nourish this garden of our collective imaginings.

*Diodorus Siculus II, 10

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