Yesterday was a bit chilly, here in the windy city. But, on the spur of the moment, Partner and I decided to make a spur of the moment trip to the Chicago Botanical Garden. It was about an hour away, but the view was utterly worth it. The picture above was, perhaps, our favorite garden. The Japanese Garden is sectioned off into three islands: two that can be reached by bridges and a third that is called The Garden of Eternal Happiness. The third has no manmade structures on it and was created to look like the islands of the Immortals of Japanese legend, unable to be reached by mankind (except, of course, for the gardeners).
Another favorite was the vegetable garden, and a circular garden that contained a huge assortment of medicinal herbs. For a gardening enthusiast - and herbalist/kitchen witch - this place was utterly breathtaking. Partner and I just could not get enough. Everywhere you looked was a picture, and we took plenty!
If you can spend a few hours of your off day in a park, a garden, a forest path, or anything in nature, try and do it. Put your hand on a tree; feel the pulse, the upflow of energy from deep within the earth. It was a powerful, enjoyable, brilliant day. However, there are well over 300 acres of gardens at the CBG, so we will be planning several trips back to see the rest of the gardens.
For now, I will leave you with a few more of my favorite images I captured from the garden.
Love and Lyte,