This week, my wife and I visited the Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg.
According to the brochure, the gardens date back to 1903, when George Turner, “a plumber and avid gardener,” purchased and drained a shallow lake, which had filled an ancient sinkhole. They’re called sunken, because the whole place is 10 to 15 feet below street-level. What a great use for a sinkhole, I must say.
The gardens are full of streams, ponds, and waterfalls. Along with the Flamingos you can see turtles, parrots, cockatoos and fish. But the real attractions are the trees and tropical plants from all over the world.
This limestone slab was found at the bottom when they drained the lake.
The plaque claims that anyone who sits on the stone is gifted with tranquility, inner harmony, and the talent to make things grow. All new employees of Sunken Garden sit on the stone as part of their orientation. Now that is out-of-the-box talent development, folks.
Naturally, my wife and I took the opportunity to sit on the stone. What happened later might just be a coincidence.
After touring the gardens, we had lunch in downtown St. Petersburg. Walking back to our car, we passed a craft gallery. Inside, four Tibetan Monks were creating a sand painting.
We went inside to get a better look. The painting featured a white dove at the center.
The whole experience was one of deep tranquility and inner harmony.
But like I said, it might just be a coincidence.