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Just after the turn of the century, Father St. John O'Sullivan became pastor of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Both seemed fated to perish from this earth: Father O'Sullivan from tuberculosis, the Mission from the ravages of time. It was the priest's inspiration to restore the Mission to its previous splendor and create throughout it magnificent gardens to rival those of the Alhambra in Spain."I have yet to see a painting or photograph of this section of the main courtyard that does not feature this wonderful pair of bougainvillea vines," says June Carey of Bougainvillea. "It's a terrific image to think of, Father O'Sullivan possibly planting, but certainly nurturing, these beautiful plants to become one of the Mission's most noted centerpieces. Such a passion for the gifts of the land seems to have a power that extends far beyond simple beauty. Father O'Sullivan survived to oversee the Mission's restoration for twenty-three years."
This Piece has been Signed by June Carey