Enchanted Forest is one of 2 garden centers owned and operated by the Linderman family. Before our recent move, we lived near Enchanted Forest, so for 24 years have loved going there, stocking our garden and leaning on their advice in many ways. Gary Lenderman and Danny Lenderman, his son, have in particular been good friends who have helped us over and over. We shook our heads sadly as we learned of the flooding at this beautiful place and saw pictures of what looked like a river instead of the place of beauty we have enjoyed with our family and friends. So when they announced they would reopen on June 18, we were there along with others expressing the same "We are so glad you are back!" Without exception, every Linderman family member there along with every employee smiled and welcomed us. We learned that all the plants floated away and all the plants now displayed were new ones. There was extensive damage to buildings, offices, and gift shop. But there were still smiles (along with aching backs, I am sure.)
Not every story of loss and grief will have the beauty and message of green growing things and poetry of flowers, but almost all the stories I hear contain somewhere a glimmer of one thing in common: HOPE. Last Saturday, T shirts were being sold at Enchanted Forest's reopening with this message: "Even when the river gets high, hope always floats." Typical of their generosity and gifts to this community, the proceeds all go to Fort Bend County charities.