Sometimes, when life gets a bit too complicated and insane for me, I like to get lost… I grab my beloved Martin, my main man and support system, and we just go “off the grid” for a day, a weekend, sometimes just an hour or two. Today was one of those days.
Last week was challenging one for me on MANY levels so I was pretty happy to be “off” this weekend (when you own your own business you are never really off but my business partner and I cover for one another every other weekend so we can get away a bit). Today Martin and I “escaped” to one of Cleveland’s often overlooked treasures, the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse. I had been before but it had been quite some time since my last visit, and my Sweetie had never been so away we went. I won’t bore you with all the historical facts and such about the greenhouse; you can get them all by following the link above. I will say the greenhouse is unassuming and welcoming – it is not big and overdone like other horticultural exhibits in our city.
The greenhouse just sits quietly, perched on a hilltop overlooking Lake Erie at the entrance to what was originally The Boulevard of the Allies, now know as MLK Boulevard.
There is something magical about a greenhouse, and Rockefeller Park is no exception. There are no “amazing exhibits,” no fancy butterfly enclosures or arid desert environments; rather, it is a quaint, historic structure full of beautiful but fairly common plants. That said, there is something rejuvenating, something renewing about being inside a greenhouse. The air is rich, full of odors – the scent of flowers, the moist richness of damp earth, the smell of water and bricks and steam heat. It makes me feel connected to the earth somehow and I like that feeling.
I think John Muir, Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States, said it best:
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
While a greenhouse is technically not nature, it is a capsule, an approximation of things natural and beautiful. Martin and I will go back there – soon…
Please click on any image above to be directed to the Facebook page for the greenhouse. All photo images my own.