“The Wedding Green” has great sentimental value to me. Not only was it the first part of Green’s Garden created, but also it was created specifically for my own wedding in 1970. At that time the large Cedrus deodara (Himalayan Cedar) tree was only 10 feet high, barely rising above the wedding arch installed for the ceremony. Interestingly, that tree is indigenous to Southwestern Tibet, and unwittingly anchored the vision of what would become an oriental theme throughout the garden. The monkey grass encircling the green was tightly manicured at the time of my wedding, and the flowers were not as lush and therefore supplemented by ribbons, bows, candles, and elevated bouquets. The period portrayed in this painting is much later. It shows the abundant growth and expansion of all the plantings as they looked in the summer of 1996 when the garden was finally closed to the public. Therefore this painting represents the alpha and the omega of Green’s Garden. Many weddings were performed here in its hay day. Those in spring would have been regaled with Dogwood and delectable clusters of Wisteria winding through the trees. In the fall the backdrop was ablaze with red Pin Oaks and bright chrysanthemums. More than all the other parts of the garden this area adapted to the seasons, and did so with a symphony of green for its prevailing tone. Even in the winter there were enough evergreens and red berries to attract cardinals as surprise guests to the weddings.