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Nature and the Self - Shivaya Naturals

Nature and the Self

June 29, 2009

We all have those special places that when we visit, we just feel connected to an important memory or time in our lives. The Denver Botanical Gardens is one of those places for me. I walked the gardens almost every week when I was pregnant with my oldest child. I walked it when I first went into labor, in the Fall after he was born, and many seasons since. I have breastfed in almost every corner of the gardens, I have read countless books, sang countless lullabies, and watched as each year has brought more and more beauty to bloom.

The Gardens have also had a special place in our homeschooling lives as well. It is a wonderful place to discuss everything from photosynthesis, to environmental stewardship. Science, math, literature, storytelling, writing and reading have all been a part of our garden experience, and if nothing else, it is just a great place to relax and take a break from our daily lives.

Some days I have the overwhelming feeling that I need to make sure that my kids see the beauty, that they are paying attention to the ways that flowers grow, to seed pods and pollination. That they understand how special it is that they are able to experience this kind of beauty. Then, of course, I remember that is not the way that kids learn. That running through the gardens, laughing and loving their time, that is how they “get it”.

They may not remember the exact flowers that grew there, but they will remember eating a mango popsicle under the shade of a tree on a hot summer day.

They may not remember the look of the pond in the Japanese garden, but hopefully they will remember sitting for hours on the fence and watching the fish in that same pond.

Photograph by Elwood

Pond Reflections by Jakey

Hopefully they will remember the photographs that they took, and how incredibly neat it is for me to see their excitement at using their mom’s camera to “make pretty pictures”. How their eyes gleam as they tell me that they are now “real photographers”.


What ever memories they have, I hope that a spot like this always holds them dear, and that when I am long gone from this world, that they can stroll through and remember the laughter and love that we always found here.

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Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: June 30, 2009 at 12:53 am

They will remember.

A happy childhood lasts a lifetime.

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pen June 30, 2009 at 4:32 am

i love this garden, i wish we had one close by. quiet times are such a good contrast to a busy park morning.

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Sarah June 30, 2009 at 5:08 am

That looks like a great place for special memories

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Anonymous June 30, 2009 at 6:14 am

Neat post. Thanks for sharing

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SugarMama June 30, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Beautiful post.

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Courtney June 30, 2009 at 4:08 pm

It is great to have a special place like this. Beautiful words and pictures.

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Kelly June 30, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Great post. Looks like everyone has a special place.

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Gina June 30, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Love this post! Your family looks like so much fun, and what a wonderful thing to share about a special place that you visit.

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Katie July 1, 2009 at 8:28 pm

I grew up in the Denver area and spent many summer mornings and afternoons at the Denver Botanic Gardens. I still enjoy returning for a walk and a wander around the beautiful grounds. The Japanese garden area is by far my favorite these days.

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Kelly July 8, 2009 at 4:22 am

Your pictures are amazing! I love the color, and picture of the little boy with something over his face is just glorious. So inspiring

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