An Evening in the Garden

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Take some time to relax in your space and enjoy all that you have worked for to create some personal solitude. John Zvirovski / For the Sun.

It is already nearing the end of July and it feels like summer is passing by us without a glance. This is the time to take a break and enjoy all the things we have worked for over the past few months. So often I run into friends I haven’t seen in a while and we always say we need to get together to catch up, but the fact of the matter is, if you don’t set a date, it will repeat itself again next year. Often I feel very busy, but when it comes time for friends and family, I take the time out and enjoy the moment, as these times rarely repeat themselves.

This past week I had a dear friend want to get together for an evening in the garden, and that is what we did….we had a nice evening relaxing and visiting for a few hours in the backyard sanctuary I have created over time, and it was wonderful.

Next week I am going to invite you all to come and have an evening in my yard to have a chance to meet the garden editor and share some of your stories about gardening or just to enjoy an evening out in nature. I hope to see a lot of you there.

Now that summer seems to be half over, I want you all to be able to take the time out and enjoy all the season has to offer. Maybe you have a gorgeous garden or maybe all you have is a container garden. Some people don’t even garden and just enjoy other peoples’ spaces. Whatever the case may be, this is the time to enjoy the amazing weather we are given to be outside and enjoy the fresh air and company of others.


My deck hosts many small gatherings and I feel the intimacy of the space allows others to relax and enjoy the moment. When I look back, I think about how quickly time goes by and how fast people can pass from this world to another. The act of procrastination is a terrible thing, as it makes us miss some of the most amazing moments in time.

To me, the garden is one of those community spots where everyone feels at home and comfortable. There are numerous topics of conversation that encourage interaction. Some people get into the plants and beauty of everything and others just enjoy the presence of solitude they feel in the space. I don’t think you have to be a gardener to understand the joys a garden has to offer.

A few weeks ago I attended one of the events at the Arts Park downtown and I was so happy to see all the people that showed up to enjoy the common interest of music. Not only did I notice the interest in the music that evening, but I saw numerous people interacting with each other catching up on various things while enjoying the environment they were in. This was the perfect example of getting together in large groups to catch up just as we would in smaller, more intimate settings. Many of these interactions were by chance that evening, but some of them were planned. I really got the feeling of community that evening and I encourage more in the future with everyone.

If you are a gardener, you understand the work it takes to keep your yard and gardens looking its best. Often we do not see this as work, we see it as mental enjoyment and a way to release our stress. There also comes a time for us to take a break and relax and breathe and enjoy all we have been working for. Sometimes that is as simple as grabbing a refreshment and sitting on the deck by ourselves to meditate for a period of time or to invite some friends over to give you a real reason to sit back and relax together.

I am quite blessed as if I work too hard in the yard, my neighbors often invite me over to their garden for a relaxer or dinner on the deck. Sometimes it is in reverse and I do the same thing. This time with others is irreplaceable and creates some of the best memories.

This week on Tuesday, July 30,I will be hosting an evening in my garden from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This will be a great way for you to ask questions about various subjects or just to share some gardening stories. There is no charge, but there will be a free-will donation spot during the evening that will help support the events down at the Arts Park. Last year we raised nearly $200! If you are interested in attending, the address is 1601 7 Ave. SE.

Summer in our neck of the woods goes by quickly, so let’s give ourselves a reason to get outside and enjoy some fun conversation and a spot we can relax in. Take advantage of every opportunity you have this season as few people show up for an invite to a snow removal event!!

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