When was the last time you visited our botanical gardens? Do you have fond memories of a fun school or Sunday-School trip that brought you there? Maybe it was that time your mom spontaneously decided “Today is a good day to go to the gardens.” Surely you have photos of yourself posing on the lawn or the walkway sprinkled with colourful petals, and it’s likely that they’re wedding photos. If it’s one thing we love to do at the gardens, it’s taking pictures!
Have you ever gotten lost in your own thoughts, faintly hearing the voice of a tour guide explaining that “A descendant of one of Captain Bligh’s original breadfruit trees thrives in the gardens”? Or perhaps he was telling his audience how “This particular plant is great for asthma.” What about trying to hold a coherent conversation with our beloved Amazona guildingii? How did that work out? Have you ever seen the way kids are filled with awe as they peer into the ponds filled with a variety of fish and tadpoles meandering around water lilies? Do you know how easy it is to lose track of time when you sit on one of the benches breezing through the pages of a good book? Or how refreshing it feels to have the cool breeze wash over you after a light yoga session or morning cardio in the gardens? Sometimes it’s simply a nice getaway, a place where you can flee from all the noise and just… be … be present, be calm, be anxious for nothing, take a break and just BE.
In a world where deforestation and all forms of pollution are so prevalent, preservation of this 250 year old haven is a must. So if you decide to take a stroll down memory lane and revisit this old favorite, remember to ‘take only pictures and leave only footprints’.
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Saluting Mother Earth
22nd April 2016
The commemoration of Earth day is a movement to remind us of the importance of natural resources in our own countries, and around the world. It’s a call for us to pause to acknowledge the beauty of this planet, with the hope that we will be inspired to replicate it in our own lives.
Such beauty is not restricted to the sweeping landscapes, or the smaller moments that we tend to capture, as we look around St.Vincent and the Grenadines.
Today we can celebrate the completion of the National Parks, Rivers, and Beaches Authority’s coastal monitoring assessment program, in which many individuals from varying backgrounds participated in learning how to keep our coasts clean, allowing them to thrive; thus becoming as valuable as they should be.
Join us today and beyond as we strive to maintain our natural resources, and recognise their relevance to the air we breathe, foods we eat, and outdoors we enjoy.
And please take kindly to those things that support you, and recognise the environment that supports us all.
Photos by Stephan Hornsey and TC; post by Stephan Hornsey for Express Vinci. © 2016 all rights reserved.