Green is Good

May 10th

A visit to Baker's Nursery in Phoenix

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A visit to Baker's Nursery in Phoenix

A visit to Baker's Nursery in Phoenix

A visit to Baker's Nursery in Phoenix

A visit to Baker's Nursery in Phoenix

A visit to Baker's Nursery in Phoenix

A visit to Baker's Nursery in Phoenix

A visit to Baker's Nursery in Phoenix

A visit to Baker's Nursery in Phoenix

A visit to Baker's Nursery in Phoenix

A visit to Baker's Nursery in Phoenix

I wandered Baker’s Nursery yesterday with Greg, checking out the squash, herbs, peppers and flowers begging to be taken home and planted before the incredible heat gets even hotter. It was an aesthetic overload — so many bright colors, odd shapes, varying textures to try to capture.

I’ve just joined the board of the Phoenix Permaculture Guild; over lunch yesterday, I told him how I once was chastised in junior high for having created an environmental club — SOAP (Save our Amazing Planet.) We laughed at the stories of holding countless carwashes to raise money to buy portions of the rainforest, which was very en vogue. Using soap for SOAP, we did raise awareness in Mesa; our little club was intrumental in getting curbside recycling implemented city-wide.

I was asked a few weeks ago to speak at my junior high about refugees. I hadn’t been back in more than 15 years and it was an Alice in Wonderland experience with the school seeming very lilliputian. After the presentation, I asked a couple students if SOAP was still around.Β  I was so happy to hear they were still recycling, getting the kitchen to reduce waste, limiting water use, etc. It was a full-circle moment — so fundamentally satisfying and healing.

Some people know what they want to do with their lives from childhood. I have no idea what I want to do tomorrow. But it does make me happy to think this little club was worth the torment. Hopefully I’ll have something to offer the guild leaders. Perhaps they need a carwash?


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11 Responses

  1. Our’s was “Save the Dunes” still going strong on a larger level and I was so glad to be a part of it in high school.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you! You are a true Mother to all in need.

  2. How many boards are you part of? Beautiful pics (I just love flower photos, you know! The 2nd one is especially pretty.)

  3. That is an amazing story Kelli! WOO HOO! And, as always, lovely photos!!!

  4. Those are beautiful close-ups, #2 especially! Once again, I seem to go where you go. Baker’s is the nursery I always go to and I was there last week. It’s so pretty there, I love just walking around.

    Congrats on your board appointment. I get Greg’s e-newsletters.

  5. Tina in Duluth May 10, 2009

    Your shots are fantastic!

    You are building quite a legacy and inspiring others along the way. WOW!

  6. Beautiful photos, very colorful. Have a great weekend.

  7. You are awesome Kelli. You are always doing something amazing, and I hope that I can follow your example even a little bit! πŸ™‚

    Love the turtle, they like to make appearances in our garden too. And especially thank you for the great card. I hope the seeds grow, grow, and grow!

  8. Isn’t spring wonderful? I can barely restrain myself from snapping photos of every single flower I come across these days. πŸ™‚

  9. Wow, lovely photos. My oldest has been stealing my camera lately to capture some beautiful plant life too. Love the SOAP story. That is HUGE, what a success!

  10. You’re so cool to have started a jr.high club. That is awesome. That second crazy purple flower is so cool!

  11. Barbara May 14, 2009

    Love the pictures. I’ve been out trying to get good shots of flowers and leaves to frame and hang in the baby’s room (I’m due in July). I haven’t been satisfied with much so far. If I don’t get anything I like soon, I may be asking you for copies!