Balboa Park

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tumblr_inline_nkg7yu0oAy1r7t4dm“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”

-Jane Austen

Balboa Park is celebrating its centennial. Over the last hundred years, it’s been a central place for people to gather for incredible events such as the 1915 Panama–California Exposition and the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. Be sure to visit these exquisite gardens. The reflective pool is adjacent to the San Diego Botanical Garden Foundation. You can also visit an array of art and history museums located within walking distance of this plaza.

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Shadows

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In honor of Groundhog Day, we’d like to share our prediction for an early spring or late winter. Here in California, we’ve had unusually warm weather. We hope that sunshine will spread quickly nationwide for a full spring blossom. These flowers were grown and dried in our garden. We hope that you, too, are eager to share the sweet aroma of freshly grown flowers. As Valentine’s Day approaches, consider purchasing flowers that you can grow all year long to enjoy and share.

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The Sea

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“The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite.”
-Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

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Lessons from My Garden

KalanchoeCalifornia is known for its eternal sunshine. This close-up perspective of the Kalanchoe flower buds shows new growth. When you have a home-grown garden, you notice all the changes that the soil produces. From lush spring florals to dormant winters, nature shows a variety of transitions.

As we begin 2015, I like to remember that our lives, too, will be marked by the seasons. I recently spent some time in the garden reflecting on the paths of life. It is important to consider the roads we have taken and the ones we want to follow. When we succeed or fail, it is wise to remember that these are temporal experiences. We can’t control these events, but we can manage our outlook. Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” In a season of new beginnings, we can remember that these lessons can help us blossom into renewed individuals.

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Weekend Greeting

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Greetings from the West Coast. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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