My mother has a degree in horticulture. Growing up, we’d identify flowers everywhere we went. Even my brother knows a Brown Eyed Susan when he sees one. My parents still have a huge garden – thanks to them, I fully understand the value of a home grown tomato.
Right after we got back from camping – literally – that same night – my mom flew in. While it’s always awesome to have Nana in town, it was especially helpful this time as I was battling a stomach virus while trying to unpack and gear up for Evelyn’s birthday party. Not a great combination. I’m not sure what I would have done without her help! I did try to spend some time with her, too – not just pass the children off and take naps (though there was definitely some of that!). One afternoon we took her to the Children’s Garden and P-Patch at a nearby park. It was fun to see her pass on the same information to my girls that she’d given me – and I think she was duly impressed when Evelyn pointed out the artichokes (though she won’t actually eat them, she knows what they look like). It’s a great spot to wander and get LOTS of ideas for our own garden at home. AND – about 50% of the gardens up there have signs that they give their produce to soup kitchens and elderly assistance programs. I think that’s awesome.