Today I spent three hours with my special adults from ADD Connections at Dawes Arboretum....all 12 of them!!! First thing we did was go outside to enjoy the first great day we have experienced in ...well the 19 days of rain. The participants quickly went to work transplanting at least 36 coleus plants... what a joyful exercise in collaborating with one another. I can not express in my words the absolute JOY I find in being with these incredible people. We then went around to inspect how fast the seeds they had planted last Friday...their lettuce collection was growing and showing wonderful promise in the new raised garden beds.
We then gathered out wits...went to the bathroom...and took a walk down to study the pond plantings ...the spring house...the well ...and then sat on the front porch of the Dawes Family house to witness the beauty of the hummingbirds. With all the rain for the last couple of weeks...the flower gardens and the herb gardens are spectacular. When we returned to the education center...the Zand Building...we went to work on our journals with drawings identifying what we had learned today. It was a joyful lesson as I walked around the work tables ...to see how each individual processes the glories of Nature on a clear blue July morning. I will return next Friday...hopefully with a very clear and new prospective ... to create a visualization of our summer's beautiful blooms. The SPECIAL Garden landscapers have put in a wall...paved brick for accessibility and a water connection so watering will not prove to be a carry and replenish our thirsty plants. My hope is for us to "Let us grow together" for years to come.... a serene place to have lunch...work the soils...plant the beauty of flowers and herbs... and yes, grow together. The official opening is on Friday from July 26 ...I can hardly wait... this is a dream come true