WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY: AM
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better" - Albert Einstein.
Perhaps it is the 'nature interaction, nurture reward' that makes us feel so calm. Personally we try as often as possible to allow the silence in these green spaces to clear our minds and thus letting the ebb and flow of our thoughts return once more, thereby achieving more clarity.
An old favourite haunt of ours is Palmhuset - that wily old fox, situated in a 19th century inner city horticultural garden in the centre of Gothenburg - walk in and she will slowly but surely sink in her mysterious claws. Through her exquisite atmosphere and beauty, she envelopes us with her botanical calm complexity, enabling us to relax into the moment and breathe in her rich elegant gracefulness. This oasis of calmness and reflection, induces a meditative state of mind and it also offers extended and enhanced daylight to the light deprived citizens of Gothenburg during the long winters months, the perfect cure for the winter blues.
If we can't get to Palmhuset, then we are equally happy in an exquisitely scented Orangery. The term dating back to 17th century Britain, when many wealthy landowners built one in which to house citrus trees such as oranges and lemons during the winter months, to protect them from the cold and bitter weather.
If getting to an Orangery is also a task too difficult to achieve, then it simply must be a glasshouse - the rapid emergence of glasshouses was due to a combination of factors. Social changes brought about by new wealth generated from the industrial revolution and an expanding empire enabled an increasing number of people to pay for such luxuries. The demand for glasshouses also increased in response to the fashion for cultivating exotic plants and the need to extend the growing season for more ordinary food for home consumption.
So be it any of the above we are equally at home, happy for the opportunity for contemplation, as well as absorbing the calmness and the invigorating sense of their beauty.