We are blessed in Chicago with a plethora of renowned museums, but I rarely visit any of them. I think it is a function of taking them for granted because I live here. Also, as an introvert, I don’t find them particularly relaxing. There is a lot of noise and crowds and I feel like I need to comprehend every piece of information that is presented to me. I leave most museums filled up, but also exhausted. However, I recently discovered (or rediscovered to be more accurate) a museum of peace and beauty at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.
A friend of May Meets June (who is also our wonderful blog designer) works at the garden which put them back on my radar. The Chicago Botanic Gardens are located in the northern suburbs of Chicago and a short car ride from my home.
I have always loved gardens although I am not a gardener myself. I love to look at other people’s gardens. My grandmother always had a beautiful flower garden with lots of cutting flowers, which one of these days I may try and replicate.
My mom and I visited on my birthday. We enjoyed the beautiful plants and flowers, and had a refreshing lunch with a glass of wine under a canopy of green trees overlooking the blooming rose garden.
This museum felt peaceful. There were people and there was information about the plants to read which could have overwhelmed me. Instead, though, being in a beautiful natural setting just exuded calm and was refreshing. Rather than a museum it felt like a giant park.
If you have botanic gardens in your area, I suggest you check them out for a moment of beauty. They may be a gem for you to discover. Your soul and spirit will thank you. -June
If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.
― Frances Hodgson Burnett,