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I started visiting the San Antonio Botanical Garden four years ago in 2017 after receiving a membership as a gift. I was working full time as a floral designer and went to the garden weekly to explore alone and with friends. It was my getaway and even as a guest, I was comfortable calling it home.
Floral design may be my professional background but that’s not where my love for plants began. It began in my childhood backyard where before planting our vegetable gardens, my dad and I would take mud baths in celebration of a large tomato crop. Every late winter we would cut down the banana trees, and I’d help haul off pieces. Those were the days I learned what a heat-induced mirage was and the howl of cicadas found a place in my heart.