With thunderstorms on the horizon for later in the day, I headed off for a much needed aerobic workout early this morning. Half-way though my route, I spotted a large clump of chicory growing along the roadside. Such pretty blue flowers!
My mind is always wandering as I walk. I just let it grab hold of whatever thought comes to mind and go with it! This morning, while I was thrilled to discover these fairly common chicory plants growing wild, I started lamenting the fact that I am not within close proximity to any public gardens this summer. I had some really nice choices on Mount Desert Island – Thuya Garden, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, Asticou Gardens – and visited them as often as I could. I decided I needed to do some research and find some public gardens here in Vermont that would satisfy my desire to see a variety of flowers and plants in one place.
Growing up on the grounds of Longwood Gardens in southeastern Pennsylvania gave me an appreciation for public gardens and I am drawn to them where ever I travel. The pull is magnetic! I especially love those that include native plant displays. Oddly, I’ve never really sought out public gardens in Vermont.
My quick internet research this morning produced more public garden choices here in Vermont than I anticipated. I’m going to make it a priority to start taking at least one day a week to travel to some of these locations. And gardens are outdoors! A perfect environment for our Covid-19 situation. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park will be first on my list. 🙂