Contributed by Hilary Kratz

Morris Arboretum’s Rose Garden is a planned space, it’s a living space and it’s an inspiring place. You get the feeling of being swept into it, and once you’re there, you’d rather not leave. The colors, the shapes, and the wonderful smells are a feast. It’s the sort of place to think lofty thoughts, take a nap, say a prayer or maybe just watch chipmunks rush from hidey hole to hidey hole.


Personally, my eyes can’t get enough of it. I have to bring it home. My painting hangs in a yellow room, the reminder of sunshine. The glimpse of a place I love, to comfort me come January.