Friday, April 27, 2007

Reflection Riding

Today is National Arbor Day, an unofficial holiday observed in all 50 states of the United States, the day the US pays tribute to its trees. Celebrated the last Friday in April, the holiday was proposed by Julius Sterling Morton, Secretary of Agriculture in 1872.

"Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future." ~Julius Sterling Morton

Adjacent to the Chattanooga Nature Center is the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 300 acres created as "a place of natural beauty where people could escape the pressures of city life for a moment of solitude in harmony with nature, a place of reflection of the natural beauty reflected in the surrounding ponds and creek."

We visited the Riding last Sunday afternoon along with the Nature Center. We did a little hiking - just about a mile, some geocaching, and rode the three mile loop road around through the meadows, up the hillsides, and down by the creek. Not far off the interstate at the base of Lookout Mountain, this peaceful area lives up to its mission.

kind hearts are the garden
kind thoughts are the roots
kind words are the blossoms
kind deeds are the fruit

(from a plaque along the trail)

Webshots photo album here

Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden web site here


The Calico Cat said...

I posted about (not really about) dogwoods today in honor of Arbor Day. (Without mentioning the holiday. - I am supposed to be blogging real quick.)

Sandy said...

I loved your slide show pictures and it makes me want to leave today to see all of these things in person.
I could live in that tree's beautiful inside and out and the door was very pretty. Do you get there by taking "Susan's Path?"
That bamboo was very tall and reminds me of a stand in Cherokee, NC.
Did you stay at the Bed n Bug Resort?

What a lovely post for Arbor Day and one that I'll remember for quite sometime. Love all the quotes too.

I'm glad that you and Buddy travel around a lot so that you can scout-out all these neat places for me to visit.

jellyhead said...

What a lovely idea, to have a National Arbor Day.

The poem is so true.

Hope you have a happy wandering weekend!

Kerri said...

You have some beautiful sights to see down there and some lovely places to visit.
Loved the pictures of the wolves. The baby is adorable.
Sounds like you've been doing some fun things.
How neat to see an eagle, and all those other birds!

doubleknot said...

What a lovely picture of the reflections. It does look peacful. Thanks for sharing.