|Bartlett Arboretum April 2012|
Saturday, April 14, 2012
A Walk in the Garden
Over the last few weeks we have heard of Jesus in the garden many times. The garden is where he went to pray and rest and was the setting for his arrest. It is there he chose to wait, his heart filled with anguish.
I have been to Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine several times this spring, and the gardens are more beautiful than they have been in many years. As a child I used to peak through the iron gates and wonder who the millionaire was who owned such a park. Now I realize it was owned by someone who just loved gardens. Early in the development of the garden bones, a sunken room was created with walls of limestone and surrounded with holly and those famous tulips. On the southern edge of that space, a cross of Kansas limestone was set. It towers over the sunken garden and looks out across the water of the small pond. If one is fortunate enough to be there when the garden is in peak form and the sunlight filters through the trees, it is breathtaking. Thoughtfully, the current owner has placed a bench or two for those who would like to pause.
Where ever your garden is that calms your soul, I hope you visit often this summer. We have much to be grateful for as this lush year replaces the previous year of drought and it would appear even the plants have recovered from their distress. May your quiet moments there bring you peace.