Day and Night in Tucson, Arizona

When I first made plans with my friend Cameron to visit our friend Katie and her husband (also named Cameron) in Tucson, Arizona, I wasn’t sure I would be thrilled to visit the desert. I was looking forward to being somewhere with milder climates in December, but I wasn’t sure what Tucson would look like. Would it be dry and empty with a few cacti here and there like they depict in cartoons? My road trip along Route 66 last year gave me the impression that it would be like Utah, but much drier and more vacant. However, to my surprise, Tucson was not what I expected. There is no doubt in my mind that Tucson is very hot in the summertime, but it is also something else: green, artistic, and full of culture. Whether we were exploring Tucson in the day or wandering around at night, I found plenty that made me think I had found a small treasure in the dry, rugged desert. Continue Reading ›

Conservation at Red Butte Garden

No matter where I go, one item is always on the travel itinerary: gardens.  Museums and hiking may find their way on my list of things to see, but gardens are always on the top of the list.  However, I’ve come to find that my affinity for gardens is more than my desire to get to the outdoors.  Gardens are more than being with nature and pretty flowers, they’re also about promoting conservation through knowledge and inspiration.  Luckily for me, a recent visit to the Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah with my friend Trisha provides me with all of these things.  Having recently toured the gardens, Trisha provides me with a few interesting tidbits from her tour. Continue Reading ›

Seasons at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

A few years ago living in Denver and needing a change of scenery, my friend Caitlin and I decided to head to Littleton to see the Christmas Trail of Lights display at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms.  Since we already lived in the neighborhood of the York Street location and seen their garden lights, we decided it was time to head to a different destination.  Running through the walkways and trying to stay warm in the chilly air, I continually wondered what the gardens looked like in the daylight.  So, upon returning to Denver for my sister’s wedding a few years later, I know the one place I want to journey to.  Luckily for me another friend, Reagan, who’s also visiting Denver, is eager to join me as I take a closer look at how these two different seasons and friendships evolve within the world of the Denver Botanic Gardens in Chatfield. Continue Reading ›

Nature’s Past and Present at the Garfield Park Conservatory

It was another rainy and windy day in Chicago and I rather than sit inside all day, I decided to do what I do best on bad weather days: embark on an adventure.  With my final days in Chicago approaching me, I decide to take on others’ suggestions and explore the Garfield Park ConservatoryHaving already visited the Lincoln Park Conservatory, I know my plant and nature-loving personality will enjoy the two acres of indoor public greenhouse.  What I didn’t expect is how much I would admire this conservatory with its mix of desert, ferns, and blossoming flowers.  As I wander through various rooms of plant species, I continually see how the conservatory emulates founder Jens Jensen’s words, “The country must come to the city.” Continue Reading ›

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 ›