November 2017 - The ginkgo tree drops its leaves




One of the markers of fall at Gethsemani is when the ginko tree in the monks' garden sheds its leaves.

The tree was brought by Dom Edmund Obrecht from China around a century ago.

Each year, after the first hard frost, when the sun warms it up, the tree drops all its leaves in a matter of hours. It is as if the garden is raining ginko leaves.

We all enjoy watching the leaves dance and fall, and this year, since it happened to be on a Sunday, the novices were free to enjoy themselves in the midst of the spectacle.

We hope you enjoy this short film.