A Tranquil Panamanian Garden

I wasn’t expecting “Mi Jardin es su Jardin” (My Garden is Your Garden) to awe, inspire and surprise.  The abundance of colors, petals, buds, plants and trees did just that.

There’s a sizeable amount of space for wandering and gazing. I call this activity ‘mini-earthdrifting’.  There are little drifting trails where you can see lizards and fluorescent butterflies.

The garden’s earth along with the backdrop of surrounding mountains provides for a comforting setting.

Colorful feathered creatures chirp and hang out in the trees. I walked slowly, stopping and listening to a natural, random chorus of birds while feeling the gentle and tropical mountain breeze.

There’s even a tiny church juxtaposed by a small waterfall.

One thing that I really liked about this excursion is that the only others taking in the natural splendor were Panamanians. This was a huge and random surprise as Boquete’s foreign tourist industry flourishes.

I have absolutely nothing against tourists as an attitude such as that would be hypocritical.  It’s just nice to genuinely feel like you’re amongst the culture of a land.

Panamanians are generally friendly and open. To not say hello or wish them a: “Buenos Dias” would be rude. Their easy smiles and genuine gestures allow me to understand one reason why a foreigner would move to this charming mountain town.

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Mi Jardin es tu Jardin is about a 15-minute walk from Boquete’s central park.

It’s open from 9am to 4pm every day. I recommend going in the morning as the temperature is the most pleasant at this time.

Afternoons can be hot and sticky, giving way to tropical downpours.

Another  surprise to this breathtaking garden is that unlike almost all attractions that I’ve come across in Panama, entry is remarkably free.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mama on April 5, 2011 at 22:37

    Wonderful garden pictures and a very interesting coffee tour.

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  2. DAVID: Great quote!

    Garden Drift: That should have been the title of the post 🙂

    As for religion, probably best not to bring it up; however, I am intrigued by cultures that practice animism. Although, Catholicism, triggered by the Conquistadors, reigns here. While at Mi Jardin es su Jardin, I saw a family saying not cheese but Jesus to their little daughter while taking her photo. Say Jesus and smile. It was cute. The Spanish Conquistadors sure left a mark!

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  3. I read someone else’s blog just before I checked out yours. This quote was mentioned and it was kind of fitting for your Garden Drift.

    It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.

    We have a huge flower garden on the side of our house. The flower buds are coming up strong thanks to heavy rain the last two days. Our garden is the alter of our religion. THE EARTH! You know…

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  4. Posted by Annie on April 4, 2011 at 23:10

    Loving all the photos. Each day your getting better and better with your viewfinder. The last few days you seem to be even more calm and peaceful than some of the other days of your adventure. I hope the rest of your trip continues in this way!

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    • ANNIE: Thanks for the inspiration and nice wishes. Guess the photo taking can only improve. As for the tranquility, the place must have inspired it. 🙂

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