The garden of your mind

One of many beautiful Canadian gardens -- this one is in Banff, 1999

One of many beautiful Canadian gardens — this one is in Banff, 1999

“You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind.”Fred Rogers

As springtime approaches, there’s no better time to tend to the garden of your mind.  Let’s make our minds into beautiful gardens to enjoy every day!  We can cultivate the soil by feeding it healthy images and words.  We can watch out for, and rid ourselves of, the pests or weeds that so easily take over.  The best part is that every one of us will have something unique; no two will be alike, and we will have so much fun sharing all the different flowers that will bloom in one another’s mental gardens.

Here’s a lovely auto-tune from the folks at PBS.  It always makes me smile and feel happy inside.  I hope you like it as much as I do!


  1. this looks like so much fun! a very slow download has my computer’s attention, but i will watch this later! thanks! z

    • I just love the song. I downloaded the free MP3 of it and no matter how blue I am feeling, listening to “Garden of your mind” will cheer me up! Mr. Rogers will always be a hero in my eyes.

  2. WOW, that was so clever and awesome with Mr Rogers. Loved that Julia. There’s so much growing in my mind I fear it looks just like a giant english garden, all tousled and overgrown but still beautiful to wander thru. 😀 What a fab post! Have a nice weekend. xK

    • That’s what makes your blog so wonderful, a bit of everything and your crafts are so uniquely beautiful. Isn’t it totally cool that, in our gardens of the mind, some of us have well-manicured formal gardens with statues and paved walkways and everything just so, and some of us have riots of color and blossoms and overgrown flowering shrubs hiding bird nests! Thanks for your kind words about this post.

  3. Sheila

    Julia, I had just read that Mr. Rogers died ten years ago,on February 27th,2003. He certainly took television to a higher level. I didn’t know that he was an ordained Presbyterian minister.
    He really had a calming effect on anyone that went to his neighborhood. You give us something everyday that enriches our being! Sheila

    • I didn’t realize that it was so close to the anniversary of Mr. Rogers’ death. I followed his career for a very long time, since my children were little (over 25 years ago). I have learned many things about him and his ministry. The more one learns about him, the more amazing a person he seems. When he died, I wrote a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle that was published in the print and online editions. I think that people who make fun of him or seem uncomfortable with his work just don’t understand what he was all about. I hope his legacy lasts a long time; it has never been more needed. Thanks for your kind words about my blog!

      • Sheila

        Julia,the article that appeared in our local paper was “A Visit To Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” in the featured obituary column, Legends and Legacies. I was able to Google the same article. I think you’ll enjoy…. Goodnight!

        • Sheila, I did find the story at and I am so glad you told me about it! As much as I know about Mr. Rogers, this tribute had some new things for me. And I had never seen the full clip of him talking to the boy about his disabilities. Did you know this boy appeared on TV many years later in a special televised tribute to Mr. Rogers? I believe it was the Emmy Awards or something similar. Thanks so much for letting me know about this!

  4. Great tribute to a very fine man.

    • Thank you, I am so happy you like it. I think what I’m trying to do with this blog is partly due to his influence, even though I was an adult (with kids) before I learned of his work.

  5. I have never heard of your Mr Rogers, but he certainly talks/sings sense 🙂 You are right – it is a choice and I truly believe it is our free choice on a daily and minute-by-minute basis to become conscious enough to realise we have that choice. This is the ‘free will’ religions refer to. We become free when we choose to see our glass is forever and always at least half full 🙂 It’s a life times work 🙂

    • Pauline, Fred Rogers was one of the first children’s television hosts ever, and was instrumental in the beginning of public(non-commercial) television here in the USA. He was an ordained Presbyterian minister who chose children’s television as his ministry. He once said that he went into television because he didn’t like some of the things he saw, and wanted to use TV as a positive influence. Many adults I know (including me) find it calming to watch his program because it all takes place in real time and he talks directly to “my television friend” (always one person, never “boys and girls” or “kids out there”) and always has engaging shows with all kinds of celebrity guests as well as everyday people doing interesting work. I am too old to have seen him when I was very young, but I came to know and love his show when my boys were little. You are right, learning to see and appreciate all our blessings does indeed take a lifetime! But the process of learning to see the good is endlessly rewarding.

      • He certainly sounds like someone we need more of on the television! Thanks for filling me in. 🙂

        • You’re welcome! If you ever feel frustrated, you might try looking for some videos that feature him. He’s a beautifully calming person. Start with this one from one of his programs many years ago:

          And then watch this one:

          Have the tissues ready on the second one, but be sure to watch the first one first!!


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