Friday, May 9, 2014

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

So it's just plants and flowers and stuff, right?

This is one of those places that just doesn't describe well. It is one of my places. Sacred space sounds too reverent, special place too juvenile, and meaningful place doesn't have the right ring to it, but no matter what you call it, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is one of mine. I had a season pass there when I was a new mom and it always helped me take a break from the bleak depression that haunted most of my minutes. I still remember the recharge I got when my colicky baby girl took a nap while I read a book on a shady bench in the rose garden. It was a little moment of peace I could retreat back to when I needed it.

The desert isn't always beautiful but this place is green, and flowering, and bright. It has enough elevation change and rock hoodoos to feel like you have hiked somewhere. On top of the high trail you get the change in air quality I associate with being on top of a mountain. It cleanses and inspires and gives perspective.

There is always a new little something to discover, whether it is a flower you haven't ever seen or little hidden sculpture tucked away in a corner. While the Desert Botanical Gardens feels open and very much a desert, the arboretum is cultivated on a different scale. There are tall eucalyptus trees giving you shade and bushes and shrubs to make you feel like you are the only ones in the place. Birds are every where, some in the brightest reds and yellows you would never expect in a place with less of 9 inches of rain a year.

And the arboretum in the spring! It's beautiful! Here are a few of the pics I snapped on the most recent trip with my sister.

This is the aptly named rainbow garden.

This fountain was the highlight of the outing and they were all temporarily soaked. It is still Arizona so they were dry in about 5 minutes.

We found this statue in a new location but the girls remembered this picture from the scrapbook and tried to recreate it even though they are 2 years older and a couple feet taller.

These blossoms are the size of dinner plates and were stunning! I've never seen a cactus blossom so large. The petals are the width of a quarter.

A week before and these irises must have been prolific. They were in so many colors, my favorite being the wine colored ones off to the right.

Here are the boys riding in style

The humming bird garden is always full of humming birds (go figure) and has the most amazing scent.

 These armarylis blossoms were the size of J's head, but the photo's perspective is off.

We spent most of our time in the children's garden because, seriously, we had 5 kids between us. The animal sculptures were a real hit since they were just asking to be ridden. M even had a short conversation with this javelina. I always laugh at that word because I can't help but imagine how someone would pronounce it would didn't grow up in Arizona. Java-lie-na?

I made a little video of our adventure so Grammy and PopPop can feel like they went with us. Enjoy!


Todd said...

You know, I was once asked, as part of my stake duties, to act in some ways as the stake historian. I thoroughly stunk it up, and they passed it off to someone better. I mention this because you seem to do such a marvelous job at being our family historian that I must take a moment to stand back and admire. Seriously. I think you posted the first non-facebook photos of my newest child were posted on your blog. One can even follow family activities by your storytelling and marvelous pictures. You are a creative soul, and do a masterful job of capturing it in both the written word and your lovely pictures. Brava, dear sister. Brava.

Mom said...

Hi Sweetie, this is Aunt B and I second Todd's comments! I ALWAYS keep up with your post because it makes me happy to see what you've written and all your great pictures of you and your family, immediate and extended. Thank you and I love you!

Lindsey Layton said...

That looks delightful! You're right, when you say"It's just flowers and trees and stuff" it sounds a little droll. But the pictures, the blossoms, the flowers! Looks wonderful! I'll have to make my way over there someday.

jeanene c said...

Soooo right Todd! The flowers are at their best in the spring and you caught them perfectly, but of course my favorite part is seeing my babies and my grand babies. What beautiful feelings you capture with your photos and stories. I loved seeing M walking too. Can't believe it! When we get home, He will be the age J was when we left! Boy are we going to have us some FUN!


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