Fifty shades of bamboo

“The first year it sleeps, the second year it creeps, the third year it leaps.”

One of the joys of strolling Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is to lose yourself in its bamboo jungle.

The very shoots around you cast lines and shadows that deceive the eye and delight the senses.

And raises one of the great unanswered questions of existence: How many wongs could a Wong Chuk chuk if a Wong Chuk could chuk wongs?

“Characteristically hollow, bamboo is emblematic of Buddhist enlightenment.”

Better to have a meal without meat than a house without bamboo.”

Though the bamboo forest is dense, water flows through it freely.”

“The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.”

“From the pine tree, learn of the pine tree. From the bamboo, learn of the bamboo.”

“Be like bamboo. The higher you grow, the deeper you bow.”

“Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.”

But when you emerge from the bamboo jungle you remember that there is so much more to Kanapaha than meets the eye.

Here where a winding brick path seduces you into a primal swamp.

Where the primitive competes with the cultivated for your attention.

And there is a place for quite reflection.

Where the fantastic chases the frivolous.

And life takes you along a twisty path.

This place called Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

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