Category Archives: Agriculture

A Garden

  
I am writing this from my home, but believe me in my head I am touring a Hawaiian garden. While recently on vacation, I had the opportunity to do a self guided tour at Wahiawa Botanical Gardens.

 

Wahiawa Botanical Gardens began in the 1920’s prehawaii statehood.  It was first considered an arboretum experiment.  When Hawaii became a state in the 1950’s, the department of parks and recreation  took over its operations.   

The county of Honolulu is home to 650 acres of botanical gardens at five sites. Wahiawa comprises only 26 of those acres with  a large amount of tropical plants. Some of these plants are rare. 

  

Upon entering  the botanical gardens, you are surrounded with quiet reflective walking trails. A visitor center is also on the premises upon going through the main entry.  There was no cost to us as visitors. 

  
Sections of the  botanical trails are divided into Australian and bamboo forests,  different palm gardens , and other flora and Hawaiian gardens.

  

Wahiawa gardens is for plants that love moisture. As much as 80 inches of rain may fall here. This unique gardens is definitely a home for rare flora.  

  
As I finish my thoughts about this Hawaiian garden, spring has really sprung here in my hometown of Seattle. So please enjoy a view from my backyard garden to yours as I bid adieu.

  
  
  

 

Acres Of Inspiration

What did he just say?

“I am thinking of going into Agriculture.”

The back roads of Skagit Valley were enjoyed by my older son and myself on a slow paced day of gorgeous farmlands! The back roads of Skagit Valley were enjoyed by my older son and myself on a slow paced day of gorgeous farmlands!

“What do you mean becoming a farmer?” Knowing all too well that my son had all ready given me 20 other occupations he had been investigating at the university. This time he sounded really serious.

As we finished our conversation I felt a twinge of excitement living vicariously through my son’s ideas and potential future career path.  After all hunting, searching,  and hoping are just the beginning as we progress though life and its many decisions.

Our conversation was two days ago and I could not help to think about it as I decided to take a day trip to Padilla Bay Reserve.  The weather was perfect and I knew it would be a beautiful drive on the back roads of the Skagit Valley here in Washington State.  There was much to see in the wetlands including up to 55,000 migrating birds!

Agriculture is a major component of these parts of our state from small organic gardens too much larger farms.  Follow me though the back roads just north of Seattle and see all the possibilities. Exploring these acres of inspiration brought to mind  that it is good to see countryside preserved.  Thinking that my son may be interested in being a part of a movement in his generation to roll up his sleeves and keep our lands protected made me awful proud.

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The slow paced drive through the farmlands of Skagit Valley are eye candy to the nature and wildlife enthusiast. The slow paced drive through the farmlands of Skagit Valley are eye candy to the nature and wildlife enthusiast.