Last year about this time I was moving into my new place.  [Read about it here.]  By the end of the weekend, my arm throbbing with pain, I was ready for a break.  My mother and I headed down to Allan Gardens, an amazing plant conservatory about 5 minutes away.

We entered and were quickly nestled into the warmth and humidity of the domed room at the entrance.  It was the last day of the poinsettia display and the red of the flowers flamed out at us from under the greenery.  The air smelled fresh and alive.  While the world outside was gray and dreary, we strolled through lush, green patches.

Poinsettia display at Allan Gardens (2017).

Poinsettia display at Allan Gardens (2017).

I felt my arm start to relax.  By the time we reached the turtle pond at one end of the garden, I started smiling. My pace slowed and then stopped to watch the turtles swimming around.  Or piling up on the stones to sun themselves.

Turtles, piled up and sunning.

Turtles, piled up and sunning.

My breathing slowed, influenced by the quiet tranquility of the plants surrounding me on all sides.  A glance all the way to the right or left revealed the outside world, beautiful in its own way, but colored with a monochrome palette of whites and grays.  Next to me I heard my mother’s breathing deepen.  Then she remarked how rejuvenating it felt to walk through a garden, at any time of the year, but especially in the winter.

At that moment, I felt lucky.  It was winter in a cold northern climate, but I had the good fortune to be surrounded by living, green plants and flowers with one of my favorite people.  We left sometime later, feeling refreshed, the stress and chaos of the move already forgotten.  They had been replaced by the clean, fresh air provided by the plants in the conservatory.

This year, during a visit, I took my family to Allan Gardens.  We were greeted by a plant-based Penguin trio in the domed entrance and again, the poinsettia display (see above).  Once again, the plants worked their magic on me.  I was instantly rejuvenated.

Penguin jazz band in the domed entrance room. The pianist was across the walkway.

Penguin jazz band in the domed entrance room. The pianist was across the walkway.

7 comments for “Rejuvenate

  1. Anonymous
    24 January 2017 at 08:14

    It’s sad that more people don’t see the therapeutic value of plants.

  2. Anonymous
    24 January 2017 at 08:15

    Happy just thinking about the beauty around us in Allen garden.

  3. peggy
    24 January 2017 at 09:39

    A lovely reflective piece, many thanks Lisa.

  4. 24 January 2017 at 09:53

    Very sweet! Time in nature is so crucial yet it’s so hard to make that time…

  5. Michelle
    24 January 2017 at 11:15

    Love it. I want to see the turtle pond on my next trip.

  6. Victoria Pierscinski
    24 January 2017 at 12:39

    There is a garden like this in downtown Hong Kong Nature does such miracles for our soul!

  7. Kat
    25 January 2017 at 21:00

    Lovely !

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