I ran away recently. Seriously, you know--that "fight or flight" response to stress. When life and relationships can be a bit too much? Unexpectedly, I packed a small bag, got in my car and drove. A little road trip, all by myself, from San Diego to one of my favorite gardens-- the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, just a few miles from Los Angeles.
--Marcus Tullius Cicero (Ancient Roman lawyer, statesman, 106 BC - 43 BC)
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."
Last time I visited the Huntington, the immense collection of camellias were in bloom and the Japanese garden was stunning. This time I was able to enjoy the rose and herb gardens.
Take a little stroll with me.
Surrounded by roses, I could feel my shoulders soften and drop down a notch away from my neck.
I arrived at the end of the day and although I only had about one hour to spend here it didn't take long before I began feeling calm and peaceful. Walking under the rose covered arbors, I could feel the angst I was experiencing from the previous days slip away.
"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses."
Meet the "George Burns" rose.
This is "Apricot Candy." Eye candy for sure, and the petals--so soft to the touch.
The herb garden certainly appeals to taste and smell.
The statuary here is abundant, temporarily transporting our imaginations to another time and place,
and an invitation to sit in a cool shady spot--a chance to hear the birds in the trees and perhaps meditate and clear the mind.
A wise person told me it was okay to run away sometimes. The Huntington Gardens is a beautiful spot to retreat for a while. Of course, I didn't solve any problems while I was there but I did feel restored.
It was everything I needed.