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Karlie Tipton, Associate Editor
Photo by STEVEN WALKER
Garden State of Mind
By Karlie Tipton
June 26, 2014
Working in an office with no windows can be hard on the soul. Staring at an electronic screen for hours on end far from contact with sunshine, natural sounds, or anything living other than co-workers and a wayward insect or two can feel like living in a submarine at the bottom of the ocean. And even they have portholes. In order to keep some semblance of sanity within my four buttercream-colored walls, I have to get out at least once a day to get some vitamin D and convene with nature. This may sound cheesy, but after hours upon hours inside, I feel like every part of my being needs to hear, smell, and feel something that isn’t artificial. Luckily, my sanctuary is located just a block or so from our building: the Myriad Gardens. This island of serenity within an ocean of steel and concrete is my happy place.
I have never seen hibiscus as big as the ones at the Myriad Gardens. It’s hard to tell exactly how big since I didn’t have a dinner plate for scale.
Walking along the pathways of the Myriad Gardens is my absolute favorite way to exercise. It’s shady and cool even during the summer.
June is a wonderful time to come to the gardens. The walkways are lined with beautiful pinks, oranges, reds, and purples, like the color provided by this Russian Sage.
I love learning about different plants and flowers. These little plaques scattered throughout the gardens make that easy.
Stand in the right spot and all you can hear is the rushing water falling over rocks. It’s a great way to clear my head.
The color palette at the gardens is a thing of wonder. These coleus leaves almost look like an abstract painting.
Almost every time I take a walk around the gardens I meet someone interesting. Today it was Finn, a very playful and adorable corgi who LOVES the water.
Before I head back to work refreshed and recharged, I always stop and stand in this exact spot. The kid in me will always be delighted by a little splashing water, which feels especially good on hot days.