a restorative + inspiring afternoon
at Longwood Gardens
The word restorative is the very best way to describe our afternoon spent at Longwood Gardens on Saturday afternoon. As an empath, getting outside and being in nature is super important for me, but easy to put off when the weather isn't ideal. I know this elongated northeast winter was making it difficult for a lot of us to feel energized by being out in nature. I feel like I've been embracing hibernation longer than usual, wanting to wait until the temperatures are balmy, and the sunlight is strong.
We had friends visiting for the weekend, and as soon as I saw sun in the forecast I immediately felt like we should make a trip to explore the grounds + greenhouses at Longwood. Also remembering Earth Day, I thought what better way to acknowledge it when we have such phenomenally beautiful greenery like this to appreciate and admire within driving distance. It was hard to believe we hadn't been back properly since 2013 (I took a very similar photo of some daisies both times now, I think it's safe to say what favorite flower is!), and that it was coincidentally the same time of year. That magical in between when you can smell the seasons changing, and simple things like pink tulips in bloom make you unwaveringly happy.
having the ability to restore health, strength, or a feeling of well-being.
"the restorative power of long walks"
something, especially a medicine or drink, that restores health, strength, or well-being.
Even with chilly temps lingering, the sun was out for our visit, and the walk around the spring blooms + lush greenhouses revitalized my energy instantly. Between the vibrant palms and pops of color, I felt so inspired by botanical details, and the care it takes to create such visual harmony. It reminded me of how important it is to make time for places like this. If nothing else than for the inspiration, restoration, and good vibes that carry with you far beyond the grounds.