Nature is the thing that we should appreciate every day in the life. Even in the first few verses in the Bible, God talks about Nature.
Genesis 1:11-12 shares, “Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them’; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.”
How do you become close to nature? You do this by visiting as many gardens near you as possible. Check out the up-close views of His handiwork that only nature can offer. So let’s explore some of the places you and your family and friends can visit.
Springs Near You
If possible, you should visit the springs near you. Throughout the United States, there are some amazing springs that can be very restorative to explore.
Burgdorf Hot Springs, Idaho
If you want to go around the United States to see some springs and some hot springs, you can visit Burgdorf Hot Springs, Idaho. Perfect for soaking during the chilling winter season, but you can visit this spring with two hot pools any time of the year. Very accessible by car, you can see why people often visit this inviting area just so they can relax.
Allegheny Springs, Virginia
Allegheny Springs, Virginia, is the perfect place for those who want to visit gardens and springs. Within the area, you can find over a hundred hot springs and landmarks that come with a very rich history. There are two famous pools that you can enjoy together with your family. One of the pools is named after Thomas Jefferson himself.
Chena Hot Springs Resort
Be surrounded by a green environment and a hot spring through your visit to the Chena Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks, Alaska. While it may be a distance to travel there, Chena Hot Springs Resort offers more than just the springs as you can also have some adventures with the tours that are offered. There are even dog-sledge rides with huskies that you can do with your loved ones in the winter. So plan ahead for next winter. Some ski touring day trips make the trip even more perfect.
If you do not have the time or the budget to go out of state to roam around to visit various springs, you can always visit some city or state parks in your area. City parks are often a mixture of man-made along with the natural environment. Trees are planted to provide shade for families visiting the parks, and there are facilities like picnic tables and playground equipment that you can have some fun with. City parks are often overlooked when people think of nature, but they should be part of your children’s lives growing up.
If you live in a big city, a garden may be a modern one with hydroponics or small-space gardening. No matter how large or small a garden might be, your experience will be uplifting and add joy and stress relief to your life. When you visit more natural environments, you explained your worldview and appreciate what life can be.
You should also try to attend festivals and garden shows in your area. When you attend these events, you can explore the surroundings while enjoying the people, food, and exhibits that can be educational and interesting.
Visit Rose Gardens and Estates
Some properties of the ultra-rich are open for tours. Estates of wealthy families in the United States that own vast tracts of land and gardens are available if you want to have a unique experience with nature.
Here are some rose gardens that you can visit:
San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
The San Jose Municipal Rose Garden is located in San Jose, California. It is called the best Rose garden in the United States for a reason — it has 11 acres and has more than 4,000 roses.
There are hundreds of volunteers throughout the area who give their time and energy to keep the roses blooming all year long. The San Jose Municipal Rose Garden provides a wonderful backdrop for that picturesque family picnic that you would want to capture and cherish for many years to come.
E.M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden
The Dr. E.M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden is located in Syracuse, New York. It contains more than 3,000 roses from Syracuse University. It was dedicated back in 1924 and is still well kept up to this day with many rose bushes and some climbing roses. You would think that you are in a dream come true.
Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden
Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is a garden that is open in May and October. It is one of the most popular destinations at the New York Botanical Garden. With more than 650 varieties and more than 4,000 roses that are in peak bloom during the open months. This rose garden is considered one of the best rose gardens in the world.
Have a Picnic In Your Backyard
If you do not have the opportunity to venture out and explore various gardens, you can always have a picnic in your backyard. Set up the place in such a way that you and your children will be able to appreciate it as a special memory. You do not need to spend a lot of money, all you need is some creativity and the desire to get outdoors into God’s Creation.
Be One with Nature
With the many ways that you keep yourself busy throughout the whole week, spending the weekend with your family with greenery as your surrounding is an important reprieve. Even if you are at home or the weather is bad, you can still venture into nature through the “Gardens From Eden” feature in each edition of Creation Illustrated magazine which can help you be one with nature. In whatever way you can, visit gardens and see how big of an impact nature can have on you.