“One person’s weed is another person’s wildflower”(Susan Wittig Albert)
Have you ever felt like you could hold an exciting conversation with a flower or tree? For as humans, the natural landscapes that we encounter every day can provide numerous opportunities to make deep emotional connections in our lives. Consider this brief example that follows. Let’s say Julie, a newlywed mom was experiencing one of those days when so many of her new adult challenges seemed to go wrong. As she pondered a way out of her latest funk, her afternoon walk led her to unexpectedly wander into a public botanical garden. After paying keen attention to the colorful flowers, unusual shrubs and overgrown weeds in the wild there, she would later recollect how much happier she had felt at the time of this stroll. You might then understand Julie’s follow up desire to pursue a new hobby of adding new kinds of exotic greenery within the confines of her own home.
I now call your attention to our road trip visit to the University of California Arboretum in Santa Cruz this past Sunday afternoon. Accompanied by our close friends Bobbie and John, we conducted a one hour walking tour amid this extraordinary 5.5 acres of plant life diversity found throughout the world. In retrospect, I can report how exhilarating it felt to share my emotions with them about so many plant species from South Africa, Australia, and American Southwest environs that I had never seen before.
So take a look at the photographs collection from this recent botanical garden walk below. I’d be curious to know of any specific emotions you felt in browsing through these pictures. Feel free as well to share your thoughts about any particular kinds of natural vegetation that would enhance your current home/work environment. My next road trip blog will take place amid the stunning setting of San Francisco by the Bay.