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Last year, as “let’s grab a meal” gave way to “let’s go for a walk,” Yale students stumbled upon 43 Hillhouse, a quasi-public garden of rolling lawns and sprawling oaks that makes up the backyard of President Salovey and Marta Moret, design courtesy of Master Gardener Moret. “It feels like we shouldn’t be allowed to be there,” said one undergraduate student. But the pandemic transformed the once-exclusive space into a more inviting one, as the community began to use the yard for walks, picnics, and reflection. I celebrated my 21st birthday there, laying my blanket under the shade of a gracious oak, enjoying the balmy breeze with friends as we munched on grapes and cheese. It seems the space is here to stay this fall; Salovey told me via email that he’s “delighted to share this beautiful open space with the community.”

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