Gardening Gives a Dose of Nature Spending time outside yields a bushel of health benefits, including exposure to fresh air and sunlight (the best source around for vitamin D), as well as all the mental and emotional bonuses that derive from communing with nature.
Gardening is a Great Workout Gardening tasks provide plenty of exercise, from digging, to hoeing, to toting water. Encourage your kids to pitch in by turning garden work into play with a weeding contest or a seeding straw.
It Makes Healthy Eating Fun Even selective eaters find it hard to resist the fun of nibbling something straight off the plant. Tempt kids with these pick-and-eat favorites: cherry tomatoes, green beans, and strawberries.
It Stimulates your Brain A garden is like a classroom without all the desks, grades, and homework. It presents endless opportunities for hands-on environmental learning about beneficial bugs, composting, and photosynthesis.
Gardening Boosts Your Mood A study in the journal Evolutionary Psychology found that just receiving flowers made people feel better – and helped improve memory. Try growing mammoth sunflowers, morning glories, nasturtiums, and lavender.
It Adds Nutrition to your Diet Most fresh produce offers nutrients, but some vegetables are more high-powered than others. Carrots, tomatoes, and bell peppers are both kid-friendly and super-nutritious.
Celebrate Spring at the Wildflower Show & Festival with Watercolor Artist Phyllis Case Bennett ~ a one-woman exhibition
Where: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden 1500 North College Ave., Claremont
What: Annual Wildflower Show & Festival
When: Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, 2009 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Claremont: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will host its Annual Wildflower Show and Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The spectacular indoor display features hundreds of wildflowers collected from the Garden’s living collection, the high and low deserts, inland valleys and foothill regions of our local mountains.
A watercolor exhibition by artist Phyllis Case Bennett will be on display during the 2-day Wildflower Show and Festival. Bennett is an instructor with 28 years of experience in watercolor and Chinese Brush painting. When ask about her career as a teacher, she replies, “I teach because it causes me to focus on what’s really important. Students are stimulating, critical and inquisitive.”
Bennett explains her life’s work and focus in watercolor by stating, “I work in water media because it is direct, quick, responsive and clean.” She adds, “I believe that intellect and intuition, method and creativity together lead to the highest form of human expression. I have attempted to follow this muse throughout my art life.”
Bennett received her BA degree in Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has studied with well-known local artists Rex Brandt, Robert Wood and Millard Sheets, and in Hangzhou, China, at the China Academy of Fine Art, where she has traveled since 1985 to coordinate the Academy’s Foreign Study Programs.
Bennett is a member of The Sumie Society of America, Inc., Pomona Valley Art Association, the Yuan Chinese Brush Painting Association, and a Signature Member of WatercolorWest. She will be on site during the Show and Festival to discuss her work.
The 2-day Wildflower Show and Festival offers activity stations, kids’ crafts and face painting by “Claremont’s Face Painter” – Lilly Walters Schermerhorn, Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Experience a rare and magical time when deserts blooms in “Season of the Sand Blossoms,” an environmental art film set to music. Relax, refresh at the Sycamore Caf serving gourmet salads, sandwiches, nutritious children’s snacks and beverages. This spring the Annual Wildflower Show and Festival at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden makes for a full day of Garden exploration and family fun.
Admission: Members, free. Non-members: $8 adults, $6 seniors (65 yrs. and older); $6 students (13 to 17 years old or full-time college students); $4 child (3 to 12 years of age); Children under 3 years, free.
Well, I’m sitting here on this Thursday morning April 2 – when I should be at work – waiting for a mobile glass guy to come repair, or rather replace my window. It’s broken.
It had been cracked for years from one of my boys. Which one? To this day I don’t know neither will own up and each blame the other.
Well last night after getting home from work I do what I love to do when I get home from work – play with my dogs – I have three, but really only two play, one is about 14 and can barely stand let alone run after a ball – so he watches.
Anyway, I stand at one end of my living room and throw a tennis ball across the room into the kitchen and these two adorable little Papillon mixes tear off after it. Well the game was progressing pretty fast – and what can I say – I throw like a girl, so I heaved the ball — right into and through our living room window.
I wonder how many bugs now call my home their own?
So instead of flipping on TV (which I would LOVE to do) I thought I would take another crack at this blogging thing.
I have never received a response so chances are no one is reading it – but I’m really not one to give up.
So now that I’ve dropped a HUGE hint. maybe some one will write back and let me know if they’ve ever done some thing as lame as me.
Gotta go – I think I just heard a vehicle stop outside my house.