Monday, July 15, 2019

Renew Enthusiasm, Colors of Cape Fear Botanical Garden




A large scale nature engagement campaign study shows being in nature has many health benefits including reducing stress, improving a sense of life satisfaction, and encouraging sustained pro-nature behaviors. 

On a recent trip to be with family on the east coast, and as an important part of my self-care plan, I combined a family reunion with a day trip to Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville, NC.


As my readers know, my adult son died late last year. That's why I've had to be extra vigilant about getting outdoors to walk in natural surroundings. Seeing a butterfly, gazing at a lake, or hugging a tree is a great comfort to me. 


Each time I hear a bird sing, see a butterfly, or take in the lush greens and grounding earth tones of mother nature, it helps in my healing process. 

Then, when I see new growth, I shed the blues and renew my determination to be present for life today.

Following is a photo essay of things that held my attention and renewed my enthusiasm 
at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville, NC.


More about the Origami Exhibit Here



Much of the flora I saw on this look-see was in various shades of green. Color energy can bypass thinking and works at the cellular level. Green hues create balance, harmony, self-acceptance, self-compassion, and rejuvenation. 

One of the best color tips I offer today is to gaze at or envision something that's green to lift anxiety, self-pity, confusion, and refresh





Many things piqued my interest in this 80 acre natural wonderland, nestled between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek. I was attracted to both soft and lively colored flowers, plants, wildlife, and origami.

I'd love to know what colors and vegetation appeal to you.


Hosta about to bloom at Cape Fear Botanical Garden


I am especially drawn to pink flowers like the camellias and lilies bellow. Pink helps soothe mind, body, and spirit. It's a color I associate with gentleness, unconditional love, and caring. It provides balance of male and female energies and helps to reduce stress.




The garden contains more than 2000 varieties of flowers, plants, trees, and shrubs including daylily, hosta, and camellia gardens. There's an arboretum, children's garden, and visitor center too. 

Even though some paths and trails offer shade and/or run through the pine or hardwood forest, it gets hot and humid during the summer months. 

A good rule of thumb is to bring ample water and wear sunblock any time you're outdoors.

Up for walking and hiking? Trails at the garden are packed earth surfaced with gravel or mulch. All except the River Trail are accessible by a normal wheelchair with an able bodied pusher who can negotiate the occasional root or rut.

Walking is one of the most relaxing types of activity, especially if you have a busy schedule. Fit even a short walk into daily routines, and know each little bit improves health, both mentally and physically. 

The Cape Fear Botanical Garden is a perfect place for Fayetteville locals or visitors to exercise and renew their enthusiasm.

Information for the Visitor to Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Cape Fear Botanical Garden Website The address is 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville, NC 283o1. Phone is 910-486-0221

Things to do in Fayetteville 

Restaurants in Fayetteville

Although we didn't spent the night in Fayetteville, there are motels, hotels, and B&B's of various price ranges to choose from. If you're traveling there, see your travel agent or book a room online.

Downtown Fayetteville is approximately 2 miles away from Cape Fear Botanical Garden. A popular travel site names Cape Fear Botanical Garden a top sightseeing attraction for this area.


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Before I go, I'd like to suggest another good way to nurture your mind, body, and spirit. Check out Colors of Joy: A Woman's Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss. 

Journal owners say it dispels negative energy by showing them ways to express their cares, focus on dreams and goals, and learn more about their inner thoughts and feelings in a safe, private place. Read reviews here.

The 12 week journal program is arranged into chapters. Each helps shift perceptions. One example is the affirmation “I cherish and respect myself just as I am," which appears in the chapter Love Myself Unconditionally and Thrive. Its activities and exercises are devoted to improving self-esteem.




Colors of Joy
offers color-themed journal prompts to help the journal writer be more mindful of her choices. It supports and guides her as she takes advantage of the self-expression opportunities the book provides.

Pick up a copy of 
Colors of Joy and use its color-coded journal activities to stimulate intuition and inner wisdom through your senses. Notice which color energies transform fear to love, dread to hope, sadness to acceptance, confusion to clarity, and heartache to peace. 





Journal in Colors of Joy for Healing and
 Growth.

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The Cape Fear Botanical Garden is a great place to visit. Have you been there and what did you enjoy seeing or doing? Please share comments below.

It's a popular venue for weddings, social events, and family outings. It makes a beautiful backdrop for pictures.



Do you get outside each day to fill up on a healthy dose of Vitamin D and connect to nature? 



Please share what things you like to do outdoors. Do you camp, canoe, picnic, swim, or play ball? Let us know in the comments section below. 



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24 comments:

  1. Lovely post! I am now taking a second look at the colors I choose for my gardens. I want something that is uplifting and soothing to anyone who sees it!

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    1. Thanks Julie for the visit and kind comment. Would love to know what colors you choose. I try to make the colors in my garden appeal to birds, bees, and butterflies as well as people. Hugs, Nan

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  2. It is a shame that I live about 45 minutes from those gardens and I've never been. Your pictures make me want to make a visit. TFS

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    1. By all means, I encourage you to visit. It's so serene. The day we were there, a docent showed us around. It was extra special to walk with her. Be well and have a beautiful day.

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  3. Hi Nancy - beautiful photographs - it always does our soul good to get out in nature and to take the time to appreciate the beauty around us. I hope it continues to help you heal from the loss of your son xxx
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I've shared on my SM :)

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    1. A big thank you Leanne. Love to attend the MLSTL blog Party and thanks for hosting.

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  4. What an interesting concept Nancy! I can understand the need to get outside and hear birds, see butterflies and hug trees - especially in the aftermath of such a sad time. Visiting from #mlstl

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    1. Thanks Deb for the visit and your kind words. Be well and see you at MLSTL.

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  5. I love pink camillias as well Nancy but I'm also drawn to Sunflowers and Daffodils because of their ability to make me feel happy. The origami exhibition looks interesting and there is nothing better than getting out into nature is there? Thanks for sharing at #MLSTL and have a lovely week.

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    1. Understand about being drawn to Sunflowers and Daffodils. They make me feel happy too. Thanks for hosting #MLSTL and have a wonderful day.

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  6. Thanks for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 2! Shared ♥

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    1. My pleasure to link up to #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty2! Have a great evening and sending a gentle hug.

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  7. Beautiful post, Nancy. I agree that being out and about in nature can help us heal. Shared on social media. #MLSTL

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words and social support. Love to attend the #MLSTL party and one good reason is that i get to meet you there. Have a wonderful day and be well.

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  8. Thanks for linking up at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 41!

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    1. Thanks Dee. Have a fulfilling week and take TLC of yourself.

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  9. Great post Nancy! Nature heals, I agree! Thanks for linking up with us at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 41

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    1. Thanks Sylvia for comment and hosting. My pleasure to attend the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 41. Need to get outside right now so be well and have a great week.

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  10. Hi Nancy
    I just "met you" through Dee's Blogging Grandmothers blog. I'm so sorry to hear about your son passing away and I agree that being in nature is a great comfort and healer.

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    1. Thanks Pat for your kind words and visit. Appreciate the support. Look forward to getting to know you better. Have a beautiful day and thanks again.

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  11. These are all great tips . I especially need to be out in the sun more for the vitamin D. Beautiful photos

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    1. Thanks Judee for the comment and visit. Wishing you a sunny day.

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  12. What wonderful ideas. I dont think that its an accident that colors can be so beneficial to us! Thanks for linking up with us at the #GatheringofFriendsLinkParty 3

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    1. Thanks Sylvia for the visit and comment. A Big thanks for hosting #GatheringofFriendsLinkParty 3. Wish my readers would check out the link to the party above. The party features posts loaded with info and tips. Yahoo.

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