It's not just any garden, Nanna's Garden. It's a special place for exploring, hiding from siblings, picking flowers, eating fruits, sitting in a tree - doing whatever you want to do really.
It's a place of safety, of comfort, of love. A place where you feel you belong. You can be who you want to be. A place to reflect, to ponder on what is and what could be. To plan for the future - to dream of being a teacher, an artist, a shopkeeper. To think about today - the cakes and pies Nanna will have been baking for our visit.
As the years go by things change. Nanna's garden won't stay the same. It may become overgrown or not so well cared for. Nanna might move to a relative's house or nursing home and you may only be only able to see Nanna's garden from the car window as you drive by.
You don't know it then of course but Nanna's Garden will hold you in good stead for the future. It's a place stored in your memory and your heart that you can return to whenever you want. It might be times when you need some solace, personal space or comfort in times of stress or distress. You will be able to remember the visual things - the colorful collection of flowers and shrubs, bees, butterflies and bugs sharing this special place with you; the smells - floral scents, the smoke from Nanna's chimney, the soap in Nanna's bathroom; and the tastes - of fruits from the trees. You will learn to seek out garden's that prompt these memories and look for ways to recapture some of those memories in your own home.
Nanna's Garden is one of the great treasures of childhood that we may think we lose but in fact we continue to carry it with us wherever we go. That's the power of memory.