Come Play? It's fun, and you meet new people.
It was a Peaceful time to photograph flowers. It was mid-June a few years ago.
Enjoy the Garden, and be sure to visit it when you are in San Francisco. They sell many things garden related, and even T-shirts and other interesting things at the little store.
I bought Peace bells there. I'd love to have a dozen more of those, but I'll settle for three or four. All these sales help the Gardens; it's all for the greater good!
All the ornamental stones used in creating the garden adjacent to the Library building were once part of a 12th Century Cisterian monastery in Spain, some of which was dismantled, and shipped to San Francisco by Randolph Hearst. He wanted to use the beautiful stones to build a gargantuan castle that would outshine his own mother's near Mt. Shasta. (Take that, Mommie!)
Some how after the arrival, he lost interest, or otherwise turned away from the project. The stones were either sold or given to the city of San Francisco, which putting them to use much later.
There's been a huge dispute going on for a century, give or take a few years, about whether they were acquired by the Stealth and/or Guile of a somewhat ruthless American billionaire. READ about it here,
Read it, that is, if you can wade through all their irritating pop up ads and other detritus. There is an even more detailed story HERE, from Outlands Org. which is easier to read.
Just a semi-related thought: Nature, more or less, instructs us to bloom where we are planted, and, therefore, to Compromise. To compromise can mean to accept standards that are less than desirable, and go ahead and bloom anyway.
So, shall we do this, live in neighborhoods, and towns and meditate-bloom- instead of medicate? Is this how it's done? I'm hoping it's so. Everything, save ice cream, that makes me euphoric also makes me sick.
Have a Happy T13!