My Secret Retreat – My Mother’s Garden on Mother’s Day

My Secret Retreat – My Mother’s Garden on Mother’s Day
May 11, 2009 Lainie Liberti

Mother’s day is always one of my favorite days, even before I became a mother myself. In my early 20’s I worked in restaurants, which was always the busiest day so my mom and I always celebrated mother’s day on a different day, which made it kinda special. When my career changed and I became a mom, the special-ness of the day remained, even though we celebrate on Mother’s Day itself. As a rule, we don’t’ subscribe to the fanfare of mother’s day, don’t usually buy big gifts, rather look at spending time together as the gift. I have come to cherish the simple things, the moments that make the day special, and usually prefer we don’t go anywhere. My mom has the most amazing garden. It’s my retreat, really. There’s a lovely koi pond, aviary filled with finches, roses, night bloomers and lilies. There is a waterfall, pink flamingos, zen garden, and gazebo. The latest addition is a newly outdoor living room and of course the most amazing dining area.

My mom is an amazing landscaper, has an eye for exotic plants and a green thumb to keep them thriving. In her garden, something is always in bloom.  In some ways, her garden reminds me of the Winchester house, always something being built, something being worked on. Thankfully her partner Sashya loves to create anything as long as she can be in her workshop among her tools. My mom is most happy in the garden around her plants and flowers and together their garden blooms with so much love, it’s one of my favorite places on earth. Recently, they installed a koi pond with waterfall and has taken up raising finches in their newly built custom aviary.

My mom’s garden is absolutely one of my most cherished destinations in the world and the care and love she puts into is is so appreciated. Have a glass of wine and pull up a chair in their outdoor living room next to the fountain and you are transported to my secret retreat.

The images below were all taken on Mother’s Day, 2009.

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