The Al-Wasmi Garden festival has been the highlight of me week. When my friend sent me the event I thought I’d attend just the opening but so far I’ve been on both days once in the early morning and today just before midday. Both days has been busy but apparently not nearly as busy as it gets after 4pm.
The festival hosts a beautiful display of the English, Japanese, Indian, French and Arab style gardens. Each garden has unique moments for you to enjoy. It’s great for children to explore as well since it’s not something they’re being exposed to daily. Really get the kids involved by asking them questions about the gardens, flowers, food, musical instruments and the cultures they’re connected too.
I personally love being surrounded by nature, walking through and admiring beautiful gardens as well as gardening myself and so does my little girl. So, we’ve been in absolute heaven these past two days and the reason I just want to go back each day.
We’re going to make a metro day of it tomorrow and join the arts and crafts scheduled from 4pm.
The activities that we’ve done so far are painting, making a paper flower, planting a flower, planting seeds, henna designs and watched a live show.
1. Find the toilets!
2. Get a guide and plan your activities
3. Not entirely buggy friendly with all the stairs, hills and grass so I’d suggest not to bring it
4. Really enjoy each garden display. Sit and take it all in.
5. Bring cash. There’s an ATM nearby but just come prepared.
6. There’s a lot of parking available but comes with a very long walk. One friend of mine suggested taking the metro to avoid the headache all together!
7. Also bring a bag or bags to carry any plants or veggies you might want to buy as well as too keep all the arts and crafts your kiddos might get up too!
8. A little picnic blanket and some snacks will save you money and time because the food lines can get busy.
9. I’d suggest to attend the early morning slot especially with young children.
It’s really worth it! And truly made me think about how blessed I am to be living abroad. Being exposed to so many different cultures is what teaches you to love and appreciate everyone. And how incredibly blessed my daughter is to have been born into diversity of this magnitude. We all have something beautiful and special to offer this world. A garden is a great metaphor for life. And even though I lived in apartment buildings for lost 6 years now, I grew up in a house that had a big garden where I spent most of my free time. I yearn for this for my child, nature is a great teacher and there are so many life skills that can be learnt spending time in the natural world.
But maybe, a what I’ve learnt from roaming these gardens makes for a better post idea, no? So, I won’t bore you with too much of that! I’ll just end off by saying just like you would attend to the quality of your garden, attend to the condition of your life and like you would administer pest control on your crop do the same with your life, protect your peace, protect your garden!!!