“Biophilia” and pictures from the Montreal Botanical Gardens

One of the blogs I enjoy reading is “The Textile Blog” which has recently been renamed “Design – Decoration – Craft.”  The 6/20 entry talks about “biophilia” and defines it as “the concept that humans have an innate biological need for a consistent connection with nature for their physical, mental, and social well-being.”  He goes on to mention how we “reaffirm our connection with the natural world” in the use of floral and fauna in our interior decorations.  I know my love of nature drives quite a bit of my quilt design.

Today I, as a “biophiliac” (!!), am sharing pictures from the Botanical Gardens in Montreal.  These gardens are spectacular, cover 75 acres and are divided into many sections such as perrenial garden, alpine garden, japanese garden, water gardens, chinese garden, etc., in addition to a large “indoor” area simulating several different environments.  I was particularly fascinated by all the different colors and shapes of leaves so am sharing these more so than the flowers.  I’m hoping maybe to incorporate some of these leaf patterns in a future quilt.

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The bonsai trees were spectacular – there were several in the Japanese and the Chinese gardens.  The oldest was 400 years old and one was 270 years old – amazing!  Many were 50-100 years old.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures and hope you enjoy nature and the natural world as much as I do.  Let’s all do as much as we can to preserve as much of this natural world as we can!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

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