Urban Secret Gardens

"As long as you have a garden you have a future and as long as you have a future you are alive." Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden Psst...Can you keep a secret? I'm going to share one with you.

One of my favorite things in the entire world is to find little patches of green tucked away in our city. These urban green spaces are a sanctuary - a place of refuge for me and the other wild creatures currently residing within city limits.

I sometimes forget how precious these spots are to me. I tend to visit them as often as I can. As much as I adore these jewels of open green space, as with anything frequented, I begin to take them for granted.

A few weeks ago my Mother was in town and we took her for our regular neighborhood walk...down into one of the canyons. Spring had taken hold almost overnight - producing climbing walls of fragrant fuchsia sweet peas, cascades of brilliant nasturtium and sprays of mustard. Within a few blocks of urban sprawl an entire wilderness of flowers lay tucked away.

We experienced our little canyon through new eyes that evening. Reveling in the lush creek basin. Spotting  bunnies as they darted across the path. Imagining a place, not-so-far-away, where Spring was still a few months off.

Each day when I have the opportunity to slow down, talk a walk or a run through these green places and reconnect with the smells and sights of our natural surroundings I somehow feel that much more at ease. I feel connected. I feel able to set aside a bit of time for this meeting with myself (sometimes my family, other times the dog) and nature.

My walks and runs are definitely a form of moving meditation. For me, a direct relationship exists: the more open the space - the more open my mind.

Curious to know if there is uncharted green space in your neighborhood? Look at this map.

Interested in helping to restore and protect these natural spaces? Check out San Diego Canyonlands.

Interested in getting involved? Local events are listed on this calendar.

A few of our favorites:

Rose Canyon

Mission Trails

Bridle Trail, Balboa Park

"There's naught as nice as th' smell o' good clean earth, except th' smell o' fresh growin' things when th' rain falls on 'em." Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Now go out and enjoy the day!

In Health & Gratitude,