Tuesday, June 8, 2010


I once read somewhere that our visions begin with our desires.  I had always thought that I was well aware what that quote represented until this past weekend.  I was on a garden tour you see and had entered the delightful garden of a gentleman whose gardening passion was 65 years strong.  What made his garden even more spectacular than those of the others was that he was visually impaired and that his garden was created on 2.5 acres of quick draining, sandy and rocky soil on a steep incline.  And it didn’t stop there, as his garden was self sufficient with not only a vegetable garden but an orchard and a backyard bowling green.  I was speechless as I stood there in the rain watching him tend to his vegetables, by feel rather than by sight, and it was at that particular moment I believe that I came to understand that it truly is our soul that sees and not our eyes.

And while I stood there in complete silent awe, a particular quote from Patricia Barrett of The Sacred Garden came to my mind: “Connection with gardens, even small ones, even potted plants, can become windows to the inner life.  The simple act of stopping and looking at the beauty around us can be prayer.”

I heard that prayer that day and left the garden with an everlasting moment of gratefulness.

Until Next Time.
Smooches Pooches


  1. What a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Dropping by from Outdoor Wednesday (post #3). If you haven't registered for our glass vessel sink giveaway, it's open until 5pm EST Wednesday.


  2. Thank you for sharing this heart-touching story. I'm sure that man is only happy when he is in his garden.

  3. What a beautiful garden and what a very touching story! Thanks for stopping by Allison. I'm liking your new blog!

  4. What a wonderful garden! The blue clematis were so perfect and those lupines were so beautiful! I'm sure the visually impaired man found he could touch and smell all the loveliness he created.

    I also enjoyed the beautiful quote ..so true!

  5. Quote and garden speak to my soul. You have a beautiful blog.
    Joyce M

  6. Oh Thank you all so much for the beautiful comments!

  7. What a wonderful post. Love how you described it. Beautiful garden!

  8. Hi, What a beautiful garden, and what a fantastic story! I love garden tours, sounds like you had a wonder time:-)

  9. Love that quote...what a beautiful sentiment & lovely post. Thanks for sharing it :-)

  10. Such an enlightening experience...truly a touching story. Beautiful all.

  11. What a beautiful story and gorgeous garden. I love that quote, especially "The simple act of stopping and looking at the beauty around us can be prayer."

    Thank you for sharing it with us today.

    ~ Tracy

  12. Beautiful post and story. Your photos of the flowers are just gorgeous!

  13. I love my garden but this is just amazing.
    Note to self: Must try harder LOL
    Barbie Smith

  14. Thank you for all the wonderful feed back and comments on my blog. It is much appreciated!

  15. another beautiful post and thoughts...

    love the pnw, it just excels in fabulous gardens, you live in eden~


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