Quote: “God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.”
March is a beautiful time of the year with flowers blooming and gardens prepped for planting. Especially in Naples, residents can plant an array of flowers, fruits and vegetables due to the adequate sunlight and warmer temperatures. We are so fortunate to live in a place where we can garden year-round.
Gardens teach us so many life lessons – especially when it comes to appreciating how things grow. Little children seem mesmerized when they see a seed sprout into a beautiful plant. The very transformation of watching something grow just from soil, light, and water can be so awe-inspiring. Gardening helps us teach our little ones how a little patience and care can go a long way to reap a bountiful harvest.
When my family and I moved to Naples about 4 years ago, we decided to buy a “fixer-upper” home on 4 acres. The land and house both needed a lot of tender-loving care, but we were so excited to live in this city and have the space to be outside every day, plant vegetable gardens nearly year-round, and enjoy the existing starfruit, lemon, grapefruit, and mango trees. We have been so fortunate to live in a beautiful city, watch nature thrive, and see the landscape grow with our care. Every day, we appreciate the beauty around us and know that our children are reaping the benefits of watching our plants, fruits, and vegetables grow.
We understand that most families don’t want to live with so much land or have the time to tend to home-grown gardens or fruit trees. Fortunately, Naples’ families don’t have to go far to enjoy the benefits of well-manicured gardens. The Naples Botanical Gardens provide visitors with a magical experience of nature’s beauty at its finest. In addition to the Smith Children’s Garden, they even have daily children-centered programs – WONDER in the Garden – for children to imagine, create, and explore throughout the garden. I have been to other botanical gardens in other cities, but this one is organized in such a mindful design. You can’t help but walk away refreshed and inspired.
The first time I took my children to the gardens, we all reacted very similarly – with an unspeakable amazement of the beauty before us. It’s so difficult to put into words what the beauty of a garden does to one’s soul. My children were quick to water the nature all around them. They felt such joy, running through the treehouses, organically engaging in imaginative play.
Where is your garden? Is it in your backyard? Is it potted on your windowsill? Is it found in your city’s well-nurtured landscape or private botanical garden? Wherever it is, we hope you can get outdoors, plant some gardens, and play in nature’s playground; for watching something grow is truly the “purest of human pleasures.”
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