GARDENS AND PARKS ARE ESPECIALLY ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTHY URBAN LIVING
Unfortunately it seems that many of our city parks in the USA put too much emphasis on fields for aggressive sports activities and not enough emphasis on nature and the importance of growing things which teach the values of patience, humility and respect and awe for the natural world. Fortunately for us in Garland we have several parks that combine both and even a few that seem entirely devoted to nature and family gatherings. And of course, we have the great Garland Community Garden.
If you live in Texas and you really love gardens, of course you should visit the Garland, Texas Community Garden--a garden that I founded in 2013 with a few good friends. It is a unique garden for many reasons. It has all the usual edibles found in a community garden--tomatoes, okra, broccoli, etc. It also has many drought-tolerant plants native to other places in the world that happen to grow well in Texas with little care such as Cardoon, jujube and Amaranth. We also have ancient plants such as Teosinte, the mother of modern-day corn which began its history in Central America centuries ago as well as various native plants that once graced our Blackland Prairie such as inland sea oats.
Gardens are wonderful sanctuaries where people can regain peace of mind--very important places for human beings.
Texas Monthly recently published ‘A Guide to Texas Best Botanical Gardens” in the article below. These gardens include the Amarillo Botanical Garden; The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in south Austin; The Zilker Botanical Garden, an oasis in urban Austin; The South Texas Botanical Garden and Nature Center of Corpus Christi; Fort Worth Botanic Garden; Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden; El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens; also El Paso’s Chihuahuan Desert Gardens; Keystone Heritage Park’s Desert Botanical Garden located in Ft. Davis; Houston Botanic Garden; Mercer Botanic Garden (just outside Houston); The National Butterfly Center in Mission Texas; New Braunfels features a well-kept garden plot beside the home of Ferdinand Lindheimer known as the father of Texas botany who fled Germany in 1833 when his reformist political beliefs put him at odds with his family and the German government [Not all but some gardeners are radical activists.]; Orange, Texas has the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center; In San Antonio we have the “Frida Kahlo Oasis,” the San Antonio Botanical Garden