Some of you may have noticed that I am a regular visitor to the local botanical gardens. I don’t have a love of gardening or an extensive knowledge of plants, but I love being among them.
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens began life as the extensive grounds of Government House. It contains numerous themed sections such as the Japanese Garden, Antarctic Garden, the community food garden, and the Pinetum.
As much as I love the flowers, the trees are what draws me there. I find peace in walking along the paths that wide through the woodland and forest collections. I guess this is where one of my characters gets their love for the forest, though I don’t climb trees as she does. I’d like to spend more time in the bush, but the gardens are closer and they don’t have snakes (BIG factor).
I have used the Gardens to find inspiration for settings in my books. Being able to feel the softness of pine needles on the ground and listen to the sounds is something I draw on at times. Sometimes simply walking through the Gardens clears my head and gets me ready to write. It my place.
Do you have somewhere that is special to you?
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