Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens

A couple weeks ago Dear and I headed north to the Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens on the grounds of Freeborn Lutheran Church.

Found on 20+ acres located on Exit 215 off the I-5 freeway, 45 minutes north of Seattle. The Gardens contain all of Western Washington’s indigenous trees, shrubs, vines and  ferns along with most grass, moss, mushroom, pond, flower and ground cover species.

We had a one hour walk without getting rained on which is a treat these days.

On Thursday I hope to go back with our daughter and see the daffodils that should finally be blooming.

I also want to go back in late Spring to see all the other plants that will be blooming.

Speaking of Bonhoeffer this is a great book about his life…

Taken from the jacket of the book: “Bonhoeffer gives witness to one man’s extraordinary faith and to the tortured fate of the nation he sought to deliver from the curse of Naziism. It brings the reader face to face with a man determined to do the will of God radically, courageously, and joyfully – even to the point of death. Bonhoeffer is the story of a life framed by a passion for truth and a commitment to justice on behalf of those who face implacable evil.”

And here are some quotes from Bonhoeffer:

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

” Only if we will venture to enter into the words of the Bible, as though in them this God were speaking to us who loves us and does not will to leave us alone with our questions, only so shall we learn to rejoice in the Bible…”

“The church has only one altar, the altar of the Almighty…before which all creatures must kneel. Whoever seeks something other than this must keep away, he cannot join us in the house of God…the church has only one pulpit, and from that pulpit, faith in God will be preached, and no other faith, and no other will than the will of God, however well-intentioned”

These quotes of course are more powerful to read in context and with consideration of the time period that Bonhoeffer lived in Germany. Bonhoeffer is eventually executed just weeks before the end of WWII.

We in the Pacific Northwest are longing for the sunshine and a string of days without rain. Our February and March have had historical rainfall and will go into the books. Our vitamin D3 is depleted for sure. As I type I see a little brightness outside and it makes me smile. I read an interesting article on grumbling a couple weeks ago and I don’t want to go there. I’m just stating the facts of our weather pattern right now. The weather forecasters say that we will have sunshine about noon tomorrow and that’s a good time to shoot for arriving at Bonhoeffer gardens. After Bonhoeffer since our daughter lives very close to the University of Washington campus we are going to stop there before I drop her off at home to see the Cherry blossoms on the quad. If for any chance the forecast is wrong we’ll just try on another day.

12 thoughts on “Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens

  1. It is very challenging not to grumble when one has been pressed for days, weeks. Some folks are very good at keeping their sunny sides up. You’re doing well! ☀️

    Now I wondered if the garden was named after “the” Bonhoeffer. Enjoy your excursion with your daughter and, should the weather fail you, make it an indoor excursion. Never let an excursion go to waste. =D

  2. Is the garden in memory of Bonhoeffer- or is there a link to your part of the world? So interesting. My sons study him in RE in school, and I think we’ll order this book x

  3. Dear Ellen, thank you for sharing these pictures with us. What a lovely place to spend some time. I have read the book and it was hard to put it down until I’d read the whole thing. What a man of God! Missed seeing pictures of sweet Addy May today.

  4. How wonderful that the church and gardens are named after Bonhoeffer. I have not read a book, but watched a documentary about his life, and it was very powerful. The quotes you shared were good too “to not to speak is to speak”. Wow. Need to ponder that! Love the gardens, hope the daffodils are blooming for you tomorrow, and that you get some sunshine! We too have had enough rain, and need some sunshine and vitamin D!

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