Spring is upon us and it’s time to admire the new life sprouting all
around. My favorite place to experience the best of nature is at Ashton
Gardens in Thanksgiving Point. Located in Lehi, Utah, Thanksgiving Point
is the best place to go in the spring because they have a Tulip Festival
where they import a few hundred thousand glorious tulips from Holland.
The path is paved and they do have golf carts and Segways to rent, but I
have found leisurely strolling and breathing in the fragrant air to be
more invigorating. The path meanders through different types of gardens
such as a manicured English garden, fountain-gurgling Italian garden,
vine-covered secret garden, unique dessert garden, quaint rose garden,
whimsical children’s garden, relaxing fragrance garden, and many others.
Although the splendor of each garden display is magnificent, the key feature is a
waterfall amphitheater. The water does not fall, but rather pounds the
rocks with brute strength. Despite the thrilling power of the falls, it
feeds a stream which gently flows through the gardens and ends at a placid
koi pond filled with hundreds of orange and white fish. They blub and glug
to the surface, begging passerbys for a morsel of food from the
coin-operated machine. Last year, nestled into the craggy rock ledges of
the waterfall, a mother owl sheltered her fluffy babies.
Plants do not grow willy-nilly here, but are cultivated with precision.
Flowers form designs on the soft carpet of grass, such as the French
fleur-de-lis symbol. Weeds are banished in this ideal-garden kingdom. The
garden beckons people with a promise of complete relaxation and exclusive
You do not have to be a gardener to enjoy Thanksgiving Point gardens.
Flowers are not just lovely decorations, but they have the ability to melt
worries away and give temporary respite from problems.
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither
do they spin: yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was
arrayed like one of these.” Luke 12:27
Some people may consider the lilies, but I personally will be thinking of
the tulips this year.