Professor of English Marc Hudson read "For the Coming Garden," a poem he had written for the occasion.
"To be mindful is not easy, yet necessary for all to live," Hudson wrote:
"It's not so visionary
to do this: to widen our compassion
not simply as stewards, after a fashion,
of this planet, but as real gardeners
of this real Earth, laboring as partners
with its processes, teaching a practice of care
to our children. We don't make it out of thin air
but out of soil and rough hands grown tender:
We kneel on the earth and plant. Now. Here."