Kamala Harris

Vice Pres­i­dent Kamala Harris

We were delight­ed to learn after last week’s his­toric inau­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mo­ny that the 49th Vice Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States, Kamala Har­ris, is named after a beau­ti­ful flower.

Kamala means “lotus flower,” a plant hold­ing deep mean­ing in Indi­an cul­ture. In her mem­oir, she describes a lotus plant as grow­ing under­wa­ter, with flow­ers that rise above the sur­face, with roots plant­ed firm­ly in the river’s bottom.

We love work­ing with lotus blos­soms and vis­it­ing gar­dens where they grow. This pho­to was tak­en at a Nation­al Park in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. called the Kenil­worth Park & Aquat­ic Gar­dens close to Kamala’s new office!  We’ve tak­en all our kids there with their grand­moth­er who is our guide since she is the local.  The best time to vis­it is in the sum­mer when all the flow­ers are bloom­ing and the drag­on­flies are buzzing around. We even spot­ted tur­tles and frogs and lots of pret­ty birds.

In Thai­land, Lotus are grown year round. They are not sold as cut flow­ers in the Unit­ed States because the blooms do not last very long.

If you grow them your­self here in the Unit­ed States you can enjoy them in the sum­mer from July to Sep­tem­ber. If you want to learn how to plant them, check out this great sup­pli­er, PondLotus.com.

Cole and Keely run on a boardwalk in the gardens.

Cole and Keely run on a board­walk in the gardens.

Kit & Casey's Mom with Kit's kids at the garden

Kit & Casey’s Mom with Kit’s kids at Kenil­worth Gardens

Mallow

Pret­ty native Mal­low in the gar­den in full bloom.

Lotus Leaves are really huge

Lotus Leaves are real­ly huge & beautiful.

The middle of a lotus blooms

The mid­dle of a lotus flower looks like a show­er head! When it matures it has seed pods in the mid­dle that are har­vest­ed and eat­en in some cultures.

Frog

Cole spot­ted a frog in the leaves!

Cole and Keely admire the long-time resident Blue Heron.

Lots of water birds like the gar­dens too includ­ing this Blue Heron.

Cole and Keely and Bluie

The kids loved their vis­it to the gar­den. If you vis­it Wash­ing­ton, D.C. in the sum­mer­time, check out this love­ly Nation­al Park Ser­vice garden.