I will tell my grandchildren that my garden mania began during covid-19 quarantine of 2020. The year when I probably visited over a dozen of gardens and parks in New Jersey and New York, seeking to escape the shutdown for a brief moment. There is something so peaceful about planned gardens — symmetry of the laid out paths lends one a sense of control, no matter how subconscious. Strolling among the pruned bushes, formal alleys, wisteria-covered pergolas and meticulously manicured lawns, I found respite from the dumbfounding news and politics. I’ve now visited almost a dozen of different gardens around New York and New Jersey, and am so happy to share my favorites, so you might visit them this fall as well.
One off-the-beaten-path experience you can enjoy with the whole family is visiting a lavender farm, which is in bloom from mid-June to middle of July. This is a memorable feast for all the senses and one that will gift beautiful scents and photos to enjoy all year long. Check out these 5 New Jersey lavender farms that you can visit to simply breathe in lavender-infused air, pick your own flowers, or pick up lavender beauty essentials and edibles.
Summer is often perceived as the worst season to be pregnant, yet there are so many reasons to love your summer pregnancy and indulge in everything the warm season has to offer.