I was at a Christmas party a year ago, and a man involved in an “urban renewal site” was at this gathering, I surprised him when I told him that I thought the Native Gardens at a former urban area were beautiful.
He told me, “You are one of the few people who thought what we did at this sight was a good thing.” I was dumbfounded. I guess “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”…
I love sculpture! This site is a combination of native plantings, former urban decay, working with nature all on a five acre site that is part of the Great River Recreational Trail.
My husband and I often hike down by the Mississippi River, and this area has always been a place that I could get lost in for hours.
This past Sunday we spent several hours just walking around shooting pictures of the natural beauty they have created at this site.
This area is 5 acres of beautiful natural plantings that change with the season. We plan on returning to shoot some more pictures since we were only able to focus on one section. We have a lot more to explore!
After our visit to this site, my friend called and asked if I wanted to go for a bike ride on the river. It was a perfect day that I just jumped at the chance to ride the Mississippi River on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. I ride the Mississippi as often as I can it is such a magnificent waterway…..
I believe we need to start paying attention to the areas around our cities….the first place we all can start is on our own city lot…
We tend to forget that there are animals and pollinators that can benefit from taking an urban wasteland like this and turning it into a place for wildlife to return. There is no reason for it to sit as a “blight” on the landscape of our city…..
This time of year the flowers are all turning to seed, but there are a few falls blooming natives that paint the landscape..
You can see all the bees buzzing, birds flying, and nature returning to this area the way it was meant to be…the only evidence of its former use is the urban sculptures that are left to remind us of days gone by….
I find natural urban sculpture engaging, but I have a tendency to see “sublime” in what others might find “ugly”…isn’t that the sign of a creative soul? I sure hope so…I feel blessed that I see “beauty” in what others might see as a waste of time…..