Friday Afternoon At Chicago Botanic Garden

With the Windy City living up to its name and the cool air settling in as fall approaches, I was beginning to think I wouldn’t be able to do much exploring. I thought this until I saw my mom on an impromptu trip to Denver and was relieved to accept my snow boots, red rain coat, and purple down jacket. Now that I can layer with leggings and multiple outwear options, I’m no longer afraid to take on the chilly weather, until I heard the wind wailing outside my bedroom window the night before I decided to head out on a long journey to Glencoe, Illinois and see the Chicago Botanic Garden. Although I debated, I told myself this may be my last chance before the snow hits, and luckily I didn’t listen to my doubts. Walking through the curvy pathways, I found this garden has its own delightful characteristics I’m glad the weather didn’t deter me from experiencing, even if gusts of wind did occasionally stop me for a moment. Continue Reading ›

Japan Among the Flowers

If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, Nevada you’ll often hear it referred to as “Sin City” or “Lost Wages.”  Images of crowded casinos and bright lights on the Las Vegas Strip or the Bellagio fountains from “Ocean’s Eleven” probably come to mind.  However, if I mention Japan, you’d most likely think I’m crazy.  It may surprise you then, that beyond the outdoor fountains of Bellagio lies and indoor flower garden flourishing with holiday, culture, and destination themed displays.  With each season this famed hotel changes its display at the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and it won’t surprise you that I’m eager to see its latest display of Japanese Gardens.  If you don’t have money for a ticket to this Asian island, then come with me along the garden pathways of the Bellagio: Continue Reading ›

Chihuly at the Denver Botanic Gardens

You might think that working in costumes is an incredibly creative outlet that requires no other creative endeavors as a theatre employee.  However, nothing could be further from the truth.  After hours of hand-stitching decorative trims, hemming, and repeatedly piecing together skirt fronts, backs, and sides, the monotony and grunt work requires an escape.  Luckily, my artistic adventure isn’t far away after I learn that there is a Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  My co-worker, Maria, joins me after her week of ventilating and styling wigs in anticipation of upcoming dress rehearsals for The Unsinkable Molly Brown has made her ready for some creative exploration.  Following the twists and turns of the garden walls, it seems you can start and end just about anywhere since Chihuly’s glass sculptures are spread throughout the garden.  Every turn and corner seems to have a unique display, and I begin to feel like rats in a maze uncertain of where the next turn I make will take me. Continue Reading ›