On Wednesday this week, my Mom and I visited the Chicago Botanic Garden as part of a day-long bus trip out of Kalamazoo. It was an awesome experience -- even though it was very cold. (Like . . . near freezing. Garden staff were covering the freshly planted annuals with plastic at the end of the day.) I'll share more about the gardens next week, after I have a chance to sort through my photos.
In the meantime . . . I have a few letters to catch up on.
Dear Fellow Bus Trippers:
Yes. It was very cold. Yes. The Chicago Botanic Gardens are OUTSIDE. (Gardens? Get it?) Yes. You will be uncomfortable if you wear flip-flops, capri pants, and a jeans jacket on a day that is predicted to be 40ºF. With maybe rain. And a good breeze. But, y'know . . . You made a reservation for the trip. You paid $130. I assume . . . you are interested in gardens. And the weather forecast, disappointing as it was, was NO surprise. I'm glad you were able to find comfort and warmth. On the bus. For 5 hours. While I enjoyed the Chicago Botanic Gardens with my Mom . . . pretty much all to ourselves. We had a great time. I'm sorry that you . . . did not.
Your vegetable gardens are awesome. Your walking tour of the fruit and vegetable gardens of the Chicago Botanic Gardens was awesome. (I wish I could come on Saturdays to your garden cooking demonstrations.) (So much.) (Because I'm certain they would be awesome.) Your passion for growing food was just . . . well . . . awesome!
P.S. I'm really sorry so many of our group were sour and stinky about how cold they were. (They were the ones in flip-flops and light spring jackets.)
Dear (Cold) Guy We Met on the Trail of the Waterfall Garden:
It DID feel like we were in another world altogether, didn't it? I agree with you -- so beautiful, and SO worth stepping out in the cold!
Dear Trouble-Maker on My Bus:
I know just who you were in high school. You were the Mean Girl. The Leader of the Pack. The Queen Bitch. You may be very used to getting what you want. And you may think that you can coerce all the rest of the Bus Trippers into demanding an early and immediate departure because it is just too cold to visit an outside garden. (Especially in your stylin' flip-flops and capris.) (And your little cheetah-print cardi.) (And your half-hearted attempt at a scarf.) Anyway. I came for the day, thankyouverymuch. I have been looking forward to seeing these gardens for a very long time. And I paid attention to the weather forecast and wore layers, hand-knits, AND my down jacket. (Much as I'd have liked to leave it packed away for the season.) I will not be denied my time in the Japanese Gardens. I will see the Model Railroad Garden. I will take my time in the English Walled Garden. I will enjoy the gift shop, and maybe even a leisurely cup of tea in the cafe. You can take your flip-flops and sit on the bus. You aren't the boss of me. So there.
PS - That scarf . . . wrapped around your head like that . . . looks really stupid. Just sayin.