G is for Gardens

I think visiting a botanical garden is one of the most relaxing things to do. It’s a great place for a picnic, contemplation, exercising, and spending time with loved ones. I think my memories of spending time in gardens began with my grandfather, who loved to grow orchids in a greenhouse in his backyard in Pompano Beach, Fla., and when he moved to acreage managed an acre vegetable garden chock full of tomatoes, squash, watermelon and corn. The love for flowers and gardening grew in the love for my grandfather.

Today I got a text from a dear friend in Colorado who said it was snowing – at that very moment! I responded back, from south Georgia, with a “haha, it’s 83 here!” I was trying to cool off the inside of my car with the air conditioner while riding down the road with the windows cracked to let some of the heat out. I admit that text sparked some jealousy. I mean, SNOW! In APRIL?! I was happy to see snow last year on Christmas in Atlanta. That was my first white Christmas, ever. But snow in March or April is pushing it. Even if it does get super hot in Georgia way too early. (I’m thankful for the mild spring we are enjoying.)

So, for those friends of mine still snowbound and living in crazy places like 7,000 feet above sea level in Colorado, these photos are for you and your text messages.

They were taken in Denver at Wash Park in August 2010. (Love you, Kat, and thanks for hosting me! Looking forward to another visit!)

And, here’s a pic of my best friend (from college) and travel buddy Kat and I enjoying the gardens. Miss you, dear friend!

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