Saturday, July 15, 2023

Afternoon Visit to St Albert Botanic Park

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience,
everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature,
is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace."
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It's so smoky and hazy today. My goodness, we hardly know what blue skies look like anymore. Thankfully it wasn't so bad on Thursday when we visited the St Albert Botanic Park. The gardens were stunning in their summer glory. To think there is such a place to visit right here in northerly Alberta—what a gift. A huge thank you to the many committed volunteers of this wonderful place.

Today I'm dedicating this post to my dear friend, Sandra Lambiotte. I miss her so much here on my blog—she would have stopped by, and together we would have celebrated all this beauty. I think of her often and her dear Michael who is missing her more than we can ever know.

It gives my heart joy to share these photos from our visit with you. Happy day, beautiful friends!

"Flowers always make people better,
happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine,
food, and medicine for the soul."
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"Gardeners tend to be the most adaptable of human beings. In fact,
gardening . . . trains you to be flexible, and to find consolations
where you can. So the poppies never came up and deer ate the roses?
Well, the irises looked great, and the lilacs were fabulous."
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So true!

"There is a garden in every childhood,
an enchanted place where colors are brighter,
the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again."
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"There is nothing I like better at the end of a hot summer’s day
than taking a short walk around the garden. You can smell the heat
coming up from the earth to meet the cooler night air."
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"I think this is what hooks one to gardening:
it is the closest one can come
to being present at creation."
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Wishing you a beautiful day,

Photo credits:
All photos on this post are mine


  1. Dear Brenda,
    How lovely to enjoy the flowers from your garden visit. The different blooms are all so unique and beautifully formed. I smiled at the quote from Constance Casey about the flexibility of gardeners. Things are different every year in my garden and I'm learning to just appreciate what comes up.

  2. Like Lorrie, I found the quote about flexibility very apt! My garden never quite follows the plan that I have for it, plants appear from nowhere, but somehow it all seems to fall into place. What a lovely place you visited.

  3. Louise Stronach16 July 2023 at 07:22

    Sandra was such a kind and gentle person and I think of her when each new flower comes into bloom ~ a true and forever loved friend and gardener.💗

  4. What beautiful pictures! You have a wonderful way of capturing what you see to share with us. The gardens look so lush, a glimpse of heaven right in our midst!

  5. Your photos of the flowers are spectacular and your gardens are beautiful. So true about the flexibility of Gardners

  6. Summer is the best for flowers, and your garden is a splendid example! So wonderful.

  7. What gorgeous flowers!

    The purple florals are my fave!

  8. That photo of the Delphinium is wonderful! When my garden is made over, I must put in Delphinium! Also you always share the best quotes!

  9. Beautiful captures, Brenda. Such gorgeous blooms and amazing colours! Looks like you had a wonderful outing, soaking in all the wonder of the gardens.


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