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Message from the President & CEO* Imagination

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ometimes I think we could make the world a better place by giving everyone a new camera! New cameras compel you to look at the world in renewed ways—even things that surround you every day. One of our longtime friends bought a new lens, and happily brought it to Lewis Ginter to see what it could do. I got to see the world that surrounds me every day with fresh eyes through Sue’s pictures. I think this is the way children experience the Garden—without all the expectation we might have for design or collections. Each new encounter has the potential of wonder. Every leaf, insect and rock has a story to tell. Children’s thoughts are free, unconstructed—full of imagination. Sue’s pictures took me back to a time when my imagination was freer floating and open to possibilities. I discovered the head of a dragon in the bog garden (a pitcher plant, Sarracenia) and an amazing fort of green logs worthy of the Jamestown settlers (even if the logs are only 3-foot-tall horsetails, Equisetum). Never before had I noticed that the center of a Cattleya orchid looks like an old man with a mustache and beard.

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“Each new encounter has the potential of wonder. Every leaf, insect and rock has a story to tell.”

editor’s box The Garden Times newsletter is mailed three times a year to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden members. Volume XXVI, Number 3 president & ceo Frank Robinson newsletter editor Lynn Kirk

If I miss seeing the magic, do you? If so, bring a camera on your next visit and see what it reveals for you. Or, bring a child. Give him/her a small bag to collect anything of interest found on the ground. You will be amazed what they see at their level, but also what their imaginations bring to a seed pod or a cicada skin. Nancy Hugo and Robert Llewellyn have recently published a book entitled Seeing Trees. It is a marvelous exploration of the intimate details of these giants of the natural world. Next time you are in the Garden Shop, take a peek at it. It is a curriculum that could keep you completely fascinated for the next year. It would be a perfect gift and a way to spend quality time with your children or grandchildren. Imagination is more than just a momentary pleasure. It is the way in which we gain insight and solve problems. It is a refreshing of the mind enabling us to see beyond the immediate. Imagination brought us airplanes, flu vaccines and symphonies. Imagination opens Photos by Sue Anderson; “Imaginative enhancements” by Frank RobINSON up new prospects for careers and hobbies. Ask any teacher how to develop a young mind and she will tell you—take your children to a museum, a garden or on a family trip. Show them the world—their minds will ignite with possibilities. Come to the Garden. Look for the monsters emerging from the soil, or seed pods that look like a space satellite, or the biggest nest of twigs you can imagine and find awe in the engineering capacity of a bird. Whatever tool helps—a camera, a book, a baggie to fill—grab it and come. There is more here than meets the eye—amazing things just waiting for you to discover. And the best thing is… they are real!

special thanks LGBG staff for editorial assistance design Elevation *See page 10 for related announcement

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Newsletter of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for Winter 2011