Recently, as you might know, we had our Public Open house. It was a huge success in many ways, one of those was simply sharing our love for plants with others. I can’t express to you how much it means to us for people to come up and say, “This place is simply beautiful,” after you’ve worked 7 long hours a day trying to maintain it. I mean, we all know it’s beautiful, but sometimes the beauty slips underneath the reality of 106 degree days, so it’s a nice refresher to hear such a statment. I love meeting people out in the garden because you never know what they’re going to say, if anything at all. If I get asked a question I don’t know, it makes me want to find out and be a more knowledgable person. I think being challenged in the workplace is a wonderful thing.
If no one ever came to look at this amazing place, well it’d still be amazing, but it’s even more so when we get to share it! I came across this local photographer- http://janeullah.com/ugatrialgardens-july2010 who captured our garden beautifully (photos included in this post were taken by her). As a photographer myself, I must say she did a wonderful job. She captures something necessary in appreciating the gardens- the small details. Everyday when I’m out there in the midst of the salvias and baptisias, I see things you normally don’t have the chance to see- insects going about their business, cicadia killer bee’s guarding their nests, lizards scampering, and grasshoppers bounding around… it’s just beautiful. Mrs. Ullah does the garden justice and I invite her to spend a little more time here, as well as the rest of you–in hopes you might get a chance to notice the smallest details. It will enhance your view of the place and perhaps even of life. We hope to see you soon!