• Lorraine A. Lee

Time began in a garden

The elegant gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesley, Massachusetts on the famous Charles River are in full bloom-tomatoes ripened on the vine, flowers in the cutting garden selected for arrangements and colors rejoicing in the summer sun. In spite of an unusually dry season with water bans in some areas, the gardens showed us mother nature's cycle of life from planting to the next stage, putting the garden to bed for the winter. I look at the bumblebees frantically gathering pollen on the flowers and wonder if they know the Fall is almost here. Chipmunks run and hop between herbs with their little cheeks full of food.

For the past two years, I've been fortunate to work here three mornings a week as a Youth Educator. More than the beautiful surroundings, though, are the lovely people I've met. 'From the staff to the littlest child, they are able to share my passion for plants and nature! People who appreciate horticulture appreciate life.

We were successful this year at Elm Bank and our home in growing more pollinators and the birds were in abundance collecting insects and seeds.

I researched water lilies in history and art and it was so wonderful to see them bloom. Growing in the mud, they are unseen through the murky water and suddenly, the most awesome flower appears for a little while and is gone...

Just the titles of books and the beautiful covers in the library are inspiring.

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