While there today, I thought back to the time that I visited the garden the year after Mr. Moore passed away. I was in Visalia for a meeting and couldn't miss visiting his garden. As I was walking around the garden taking photos, I started noticing clothing drying on the fencing and on some of the bricks around the garden. In the photo below, you can see some white clothing just to the right of the garden bench. As I moved in closer to get photographs of some of Mr. Moore's roses, a homeless man, looking embarrassed, came up to me and apologized as he picked up his drying underwear that he had just washed. With the clothing gone, I then took the photo of 'Ralph's Creeper' as seen below.
Later, after the homeless man left, 3 young boys, presumably part of a wedding gathering, came over to look at the roses. They seemed to enjoy the garden as much as I did.
When I first saw the homeless man using the garden to dry his clothes, I initially had a feeling of anger, as though he was defacing Mr. Moore's garden. Thinking further back though I remembered a time that I had spent with Mr. Moore and Chris Warner at the same garden. As I thought more about it, the contrasts of the homeless man using the warmth of the garden to dry his clothes, and the young boys enjoying the roses that they had stumbled upon, I decided that Mr. Moore would have gotten a real kick out of it all.