Message from President Betty Goldstein

In each new day, wherever you may be, there is always waiting for you some beautiful discovery.

-Partial quote from Katie Daisy’s book, “How to be a wildflower.”

Dear Friends,

Beauty is always around us. It may be in watching the flight of the bee as it scatters pollen from one pincushion flower to another, water from a stream coating the rocks, causing them to glitter as the sunshine reflects off of them or a leaf floating in the gutter, swirling as it makes its way to the ocean.

Every morning, in my backyard, two little sparrows bathe in the birdbath, and the red-throated hummingbird feeds on the nectar of my abutilon tree. And it makes me smile. I especially love the optimism of the white asylum growing through the cracks in the sidewalk, fully blooming, undaunted.

I read a research article about trees having a positive effect on cardiovascular health, suggesting a correlation between green space and human health; the study continues with no conclusions as of yet. But I do know that Virginia Robinson, who walked her garden most every day, lived to be almost 100 years old. Here at the Robinson Gardens, one may feel the lowering of your heart rate and a calmness that the gardens can bring.

You can come and experience the King Palm Forest and watch and listen to the swaying of the palm trees or sit on the bench and watch the water descend from the waterfall to the Children’s Wildlife Pond. At the pond, you can search for Charlie the Catfish who usually is under the duck house in the shade. From there, you move on to the cutting rose garden where 200 roses in a kaleidoscope of colors are in full bloom. For so many of us, being out in nature, on a hike, in the garden or at the beach brings a soothing effect, our own healing medicine.

Come to the Virginia Robinson Gardens and celebrate with us the long days of summer -- let us together, find that “little thing of beauty.”


Betty Rodriguez Goldstein
President of the Friends of Robinson Gardens

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