Botanical gardens and parks, small and large, have always been major elements of our travels. They are usually uncrowded, quiet, and filled with beauty; perfect qualities for escaping concerns and worries. They are always changing, and thus they are dependably fascinating – they are filled with life.
Life during Covid has been challenging. Masks, distancing, crowd avoidance have all been responsible for disrupting our contact with many aspects of life. But Gardens are a perfect remedy for these troubling times. Just like walks in woods and forests, in gardens one can also experience the benefits of shinrin-yoku, a form of ecotherapy that science has shown what we innately know: time spent immersed in nature is good for us.
The images in this post are from visits to several gardens in 2021: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (Gainesville, Florida), Leu Gardens (Orlando, Florida), and The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens (Jacksonville, Florida). Though these gardens aren’t as far-flung as many we’ve encountered, they are perfect places to recharge the spirit.