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Last weekend I drove to Tempe to enjoy the light art show at the Desert Botanical Garden. Bruce Munro installed this impressive exhibit which has been a popular temporary addition to the gardens. Sonoran Light is incredible, immersive, and impossible to capture on a camera. I have made an attempt above, but I highly recommend that the gentle readers see it in person. The Field of Light is the most expansive of the installations. It has vast sections of the gardens covered with light strings on the ground that change color and illuminate a large hill seen from a distance. There was a concert last Friday which was sold out, but still audible in the Field of Light, adding to the night’s special quality.
I arrived early in the day and took advantage of the day pass for just $5 added to the evening ticket price. For a total of $30 I had hours of botanical fun in both day and night lighting. There are many details not visible at night that I loved seeing during my day trip. I took an Uber to the evening show, and was so happy I did. The parking lot becomes super jammed for the event, and I was tired from my hours of walking during the day. I happily waited by the entrance for my Uber driver while others drove themselves home.
Plants connect to us and each other in magical expressions
Subtle healing, warnings, prophecy, psychic communications
Signature of each season and offering can be read like a heavenly
Treasure map aligned with our purpose as well as the cosmic
Meditation with a flower provides insight into the fleeting moment
Petals form quickly then begin to fall, revealing seeds of the future
During the month of April please join us for poetic reading, writing, and good old down home enjoying right here.
Planting by the moon is a simple way to increase your luck at growing anything. By planting annuals bearing fruit above the ground during the waxing phase of the moon ( new to full), and sewing plants that bear under the ground during the waning moon ( full to new) we follow ancient traditions of horticulture. To easily determine in what phase of the moon you find yourself, remember this rule: Crescent moon makes the shape of the letter C when the moon is on the wane. The moon has the shape of a capital D when it is on the rise. Think DOC–first D– then full moon–then C to remember the sequence.
Medicine was tightly constrained by local botany in history, limited to plants available and known. The natures of the plants were studied and knowledge of remedies was shared. However, before transport of goods became easy people used local plants as medicine because they had both access and some empirical evidence of the medicinal qualities. Astrology was part of pharmacology and medicine. Gardens and buildings were designed with healing and astrology in mind. Today there are ways to incorporate the heavens into garden design. The medicine wheel is one way to express the seasons and the heavenly connections. At Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, MA a humoural garden is planted to display the relationship the Pilgrims had with plants and healing. They considered the relationship of the plants to the humors of the body. They had to rely on the plants they brought with them and those that the native people showed them.
Some gardens are designed to feature the four directions, or the elements. If you had unlimited time and money to create a symbolic garden what would you plant in it? What kind of medicine would you practice? I am fond of all the aromatic plants, so I have a vast array of herbs and flowers that can be used in tea, baths, cooking, and now in bitters. The creativity you invest in a garden returns to you many times.
Each year the Tucson Botanical Gardens hosts an orchid, butterfly, and now tropical frog display for the public. It is popular with families and with me. I enjoy the humid tropical mist on my skin and the fun of watching the butterflies and people. Yesterday there was a lot of activity. Kids love to use the magnifying glass, no matter why they see in it. It is a small lesson in science, botany, biology, and ecology, adapted for all ages. Who doesn’t like butterflies?
The desert when it rains is a magical place full of excitement and drama. All of a sudden the sky opens; great thunder and roaring winds announce monsoon season. Color explodes while plants express gratitude for the long cool drink. We enjoy the vibrant blooming while it lasts, and pray for more rain.
I had the super fine opportunity to extend the season of spring this year in the most pleasant way. By visiting New England I had the chance to study my ancestors in the places they lived and died. One of the strongest impressions I have of my visit is of the flowering trees. The botany of the ancestors reminded them of spring and hope in a way that was dramatic every year. To witness the return of color, warmth and spring fashion unfold before my eyes was a treat that stays in my memory. Hope is the motto of Rhode Island. I have a dreamy set of images that express hope through blossoms. I will not forget how happy all the flowers made me feel. I am comfortable and at home with all the people I met in Rhode Island. I love the way Jamestown, an island where my ancestors had dairy farming business in the 1600’s, is still a place for dairy and produce farming. They are completely rural and close to town at the same time. Hope springs eternal.
Iris means rainbow in Greek, the name of a messenger goddess . The flower has been used in medicine and perfumery for many centuries. The symbolic fleur-de-lis is a stylized iris used in many coats of arms, and by the New Orleans Saints. In healing the essence of iris is used for seeing. Notice that the iris can only look up.