I recently visited my best friends mom, Mrs. Anne, to support her during a difficult time and she insisted that we visit her backyard garden. Simply amazing.
You can tell when someone enjoys what they do. Her garden was grown with LOVE. You know I had to whip out my camera and take pictures. I have some sort of love affair with gardens. I have allergies and hay fever and the outdoors is really not my thing, but I admire flowers and gardens and watching plants/vegetables grow.
I always purchase fresh, unique looking flowers and I love maintaining pots of plants. My kids have an initiative at school called Food Prints, where they grow a garden during the school year; they plant fresh vegetables and then use those vegetables to cook organic dishes in their kitchen classroom. I LOVE volunteering and getting my hands dirty with the kids. Yes, I am a self proclaimed girly girl, but I will definitely get dirty while gardening. Just call me the “Green Thumb Honey”. Don’t laugh at my name… LOL!!
Gardening is also a source of meditation and healing. Gardens connect us with nature, provide stimulation for the senses and soothe our minds. I told Mrs. Anne that Id like to learn how to grow a garden like hers and she told me she would teach me. I plan to sit with her and learn how to tend to a garden and I hope that in teaching me, it can be source of healing for her.
Gardens and gardening are more than an interest or hobby – they are a way of life, which affects not only our physical health but also our emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being.
Planting a garden is an act of optimism. When you plant a seed, you put hope in the ground. Your trust is in the future when there is no present sign that life will come.