Saturday, July 22, 2017

Plant Lady

I have been to the Naples Botanical Garden several times but this time I got to bring my Grandma with me.
She's always loved plants and the challenge of making them thrive.
So I knew this place would be right up her alley.
There is something new and amazing every time I've been.

I can't help but feel closest to my Father in Heaven when I am among his wondrous creations.
I always think of the Hymn "How Great Thou Art".
The 10 year old tomboy in me would hate to admit it but I don't think I can make it through that song without getting emotional.
Sometimes we get caught up in the wants and superficial things in the world, we forget to keep an attitude of gratitude.

Oh Lord my God
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds
Thy hands have made
I see the stars
I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout
The universe displayed

I will leave you with that and now get back to the photos and memories from that day with Grandma.
This is the gorgeous path that Mike and I took a picture at about a month before he proposed and everyone asked if they were engagement photos. 
I told him about it and we laughed, little did I know he had already talked to my Dad and had the ring being made at that point! 
We heard the gong before we saw it.
A class was on a tour of the gardens and they had sounded the gong, we pretended to look at something until they left and then she ran to bang the gong too.
We're basically little kids who can drive.
Admittedly I did the same thing the first time I saw it.
For as long as I can remember my Grandmother has had cacti and succulents in every available corner of her house.
What can I say but she liked them before they were cool.
One of the coolest parts of the garden is how they have separated it into different regions so it's like a trip around the world for a small admissions fee!
Truth time... I almost fell in trying to take this picture.
The last little garden that you walk through is an orchid paradise with the most interesting orchids I've ever seen.
If you can't tell, I'm a little obsessed with this entire place.
It's my #1 suggestion for anyone who finds themselves in the Naples Fl. area with an hour or two to spare.
I think you will like it even if you aren't a Plant Lady.

Piper Arielle

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