One of my favorite places in the world is the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. I love the flowers, the sculptures, the exhibits they put on, and the restaurant. I love that there is this beautiful oasis in the middle of a bustling city. I love that despite everything going on around it, in this garden we find peace, serenity, and quiet.
We walk in, and browse the grounds for hours. Between the rose garden, zen fountain, Japanese tea garden, and orchid exhibit, there is always something stunning to get lost in. There is an open field surrounded by blooms just asking to be run through. However, my absolute favorite part is the fruit and vegetable garden. There is every kind of berry, lettuce, bean, and pepper possible. They have a wall of succulents, and a bush bursting with blueberries. It’s always been my dream to have to a fully working garden, so when I stand in this one, I close my eyes and pretend it’s mine, if only for a minute.
In the midst of the gardens they just opened a new restaurant. All of the vegetables used in the dishes come straight from that garden. It is incredible. The food is so fresh. So good.
We ate there for the first time this past Sunday. We tried to get reservations on Mother’s Day, but what place isn’t booked solid then? Anyway, it was well worth the wait. We sat outside on the covered patio, sipped iced tea, people watched, and took in the incredible sites. Faye even got a little nap in while we wait for our food 😉 I had the most delicious ABG Club, while Goodman had a Croque Monsieur with the most perfect side salad.
I’m going to be completely honest with you all. I am not a huge fan of Atlanta. It is busy, big, loud, hot, fast, and most days overwhelming. I like simplicity, quiet, closeness, and a slower pace of life. There are so many days that I don’t even want to venture out into the traffic, because I never know how long it’s actually going to take to get home. Over this past year though, Goodman and I have found a few little retreats around the area, and it has made all the difference. I can handle the busy weeks in the city if I know that I get to escape to the lake for the weekend. I can stand the hustle if I know that there is a time when we get to sit together and do nothing. Sit in quiet. In peace.
I find that rest at the gardens. Being among such natural beauty. Knowing there is nothing to do. Nowhere to be. We walk, talk about our dreams, our past, and who we think our daughter is going to be. We find peace in such a busy town.
I think life if always going to be busy and hectic. Whether we live in the heart of the city, or out in the country. There are always things to be done, places to go, and people to see. I think that we have to find our getaways amidst the craze. Find our place that centers and grounds us. Find that place where we find a little bit of peace, if only for the day.