Keeping in touch with nature’s roots
The small garden is filled with tiny trinkets and ornaments that almost go by unnoticed, as they harmoniously blend in with the scenery. Since the purpose of the public garden is to let visitors relax and observe the simplicity of the outdoors, the simple items such as wooden birdhouses and stone basins with potted succulents fit the environment perfectly.
The first notable location is the zen garden, where smooth stones pressed into the ground form a circular, maze-like shape. Though it may be aesthetically pleasing, the labyrinth does not quite resemble a zen garden. Nonetheless, lush shrubs and leaves sprawl over the stones and create a harmonious balance. Another one of the garden’s popular sites, the Wishing Trees, produces mixed emotions. The trees display meaningful letters and wishes from strangers writing to loved ones or to the universe, kindling hopeful thoughts and heartwarming emotions within the visitors. However, the notes attached to the trees look like scraps of litter from afar, and they do not correspond with the rest of Arlington Garden’s clean, minimalistic appearance.
Despite the seasonal changes in weather, Arlington Garden maintains a natural beauty that never fails to satisfy visitors. On gloomy days, the garden seems like a melancholy black-and-white picture and lacks natural light to illuminate the bright colors of the plants. Though Arlington Garden reflects a somber mood during the winter, the area has a much more pleasant ambience during other seasons.
The peaceful aura that engulfs the garden is a fitting atmosphere for both students and adults to simply enjoy the quiet outdoors. However, there is not much to discover, for the garden contains few natural phenomenons and only showcases typical botanical plants. One visit is enough to cover the entirety of the park and fully experience the open landscape at Arlington Garden.
By Jessica Huang, Staff writer