The flowers at the tulip festival are breathtaking. Tulips of every imaginable (and some unimaginable) varieties are everywhere. There is so much color and life. You just really have to see it to truly understand the beauty of it. It really is incredible.
These sprawling gardens are divided into various smaller gardens such as a "secret garden," an "Italian garden," the "Monet pond," a rose garden, and so much more. A few years ago (3 to be exact) we stumbled upon a new garden installation. This new garden featured bronze statues of Christ from various stories in the New Testament. Front and center in the garden is a life size statue of Christ walking on the water. A placard behind this statue explained that the artist had plans to install all the statues full size at some future time. Every year when we have gone back we have looked for the full size statues. In the mean time we have thoroughly enjoyed the smaller versions. That first visit was a few months after the accident, I was still wearing my neck brace and using a cane to get around. Coming face-to-face with my savior in that garden was powerful and overwhelming in many ways.
|Christ walking on the water|
|The woman touching Christ's garments (Mark 5:25-30)|
This was nearly three weeks ago. The story aired last night (Sunday). Here is a link to the story.
We are so excited to see the full sized statues next year when we visit the gardens.
|Christ carrying his cross|