Inspiration From Atlanta, Georgia

Visiting my daughter for a week in Atlanta. She is attending Emory University, getting her RN, on her way to becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife. She completed a year of midwifery training and working with mothers and families in El Paso, Texas at Maternidad La Luz Birth Center and School. An amazing experience, and she wants to work with a more inclusive body of people than might give birth at a center or at home. Black women and babies die at a much higher rate than other ethnicities, and she is learning how to make that discrepancy change. We experienced this with my son’s teacher’s wife and baby in “progressive” Berkeley California!! I was shocked that any mother dies in childbirth anymore, especially in a hospital!! And especially in the wealthiest country in the world! They gave her an experimental drug instead of the usual one.

I am inspired by my daughter’s determination!!!

On to the inspiration from the art at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. If I was as prolific a quilter as I know some of you are, I’d be showing you quilts! In the meantime, here are some patterns I saw, that might inspire you to make your own!!

First, here’s what I saw from the airplane. I often see quilts in all kinds of places!!

I think humans have learned all kinds of things from Nature!!!
On the way in to the gardens, metal sculptures up on the wall.
This is a permanent display of such breath taking beauty. Something like 29 tons, 17,000 individual plants. About 13 different plants. They trim it all once a week to keep the shape. The Garden Goddess.
I see a quilted smaller version of this magnificent dragon!!
Look at those patterns!!
Another stuffed, quilted young person’s delight? Here they are quilting with plants!!!

The following are the amazing plants I saw, all with such beautiful markings, colors….some day I hope to incorporate them into my quilts.!! You’ve seen some of these in houseplants. In the thankfully cooler greenhouses, it was exciting to see them growing naturally in their jungle-like displays.

Roots hanging from plants way up high.
I see a little person looking down at that amazing pattern spreading out!
Hearts with striking veins!!

And a couple outside in the gardens.

I love these delicate standing straight up flowers!
And these colors!! Pitcher plants.
The Phoenix rises!! As we all do from whatever life gives us.

I hope your summer is enjoyable, restful, exciting in good ways, and inspirational!!

4 thoughts on “Inspiration From Atlanta, Georgia

  1. @plaidjourney, I miss you and your posts and marvelous photography! Is all ok there; are you well? Sending out greetings, and thanks for all you have done to maintain the Plaid Portico. I hope you and your loved ones are well and healthy. Thinking of you – just wanted you to know that your presence here on my favorite blogs has been missed so i thought i’d wave from here in WA state.


    • Hi madhappycrafter!!! I realized what a crazy time we are in to not know if someone is still ok or even alive! how very strange. It makes me think how much I take for granted most days that everyone I know and love will be there the next day! So yes, I am fine, well, having lots of emotions, but learning a lot. Recently started going for walks with masks with friends. I do get to see my son as he lives fairly close by, we work in his garden. But my daughter lives across the country so don’t know when I will see her, so sad. Thank goodness for zoom!!!!! Good to hear from you, hope you are still well and healthy, and your family!!


  2. I’m so glad you liked this post!!! Thank you for the compliment of the photography! Sorry it’s taken so long to see this. The close-up photos of the plants were all in greenhouses, but Georgia certainly doesn’t lack for the bits of rain all year round. I’m surprised to hear that there’s that much drought in the NW, though I know it’s been hotter lately!! The Green Goddess could only exist with regular rain, but they do get watered and trimmed a lot. It’s rained in the Bay Area in California a couple of times, just a little, but I was very thankful.

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  3. thank you so much for treating us to these glorious pictures of plants, sculptures, and art inspirations! i love the Garden Goddess so much. You are a fantastic photographer too. It’s a real treat to see those plants that would never grow like that in the Pacific NW which is in such drought.


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