We finally made the trek to Avena Botanical in Maine. I have wanted to go there for years and years. While were up in Maine celebrating our wedding anniversary, I thought to look up Avena Botanicals to see if by chance anything was going on. Lo and behold, Deb Soule was giving a garden walk that very day! We were thrilled. It was a beautiful day for a journey to a magical garden. I must warn you...I am going to post nearly every photo I took. I know some of you are plant medicine people so here goes a treat for your heart.
We had a wonderful time with Deb during her garden walk. There were maybe 15 or 20 folks there. Afterward we got to speak with her for a short bit. She is a beautiful person. Her eyes and heart radiate out to each person she is speaking with. But, if you see her in her garden...she shimmers. It was an honor to share a piece of her work, her excitement, her concerns...but, mostly her deep, deep wisdom about the plants. It was a long wait to get to Avena Botanicals and it was everything I had dreamed of. Avena has a new shop and medicine making building that is wonderful. It is filled with warm wooden walls and floors, a woodstove and of course, stocked shelves of herbal medicines and all the good smells of an herbal practice. I just loved the sparkle in Deb's eyes as she spoke with us...and she wished us well and Happy Anniversary. I love how the unexpected turned up and fed our souls with deep tender care in that magical garden. We even stole a kiss under the arbor. Thank you Avena Botanicals and Deb Soule for a perfect anniversary gift.