Mother Teresita walks through the gardens on July 3, 2018.
The nuns have a big patio and gardens full of bright flowers and thriving shrubs. Outside of seven group prayers a day and two daily personal prayer times, the sisters devote their hours to keeping up their home. Gardeners come once a week to tend the grounds and there is a cook (who is the wife of one gardener).
“We try to grow vegetables, but we have a gopher problem,” Teresita says with a laugh, holding the gate open for two nuns, “but we (make) worm compost and have got some nice cherry tomato volunteers coming up.”