A Virtual Garden

Virtual Garden, In Ithaca, New York, Robin Botie, blogger and Photoshopper, photographsin multiples a friend in the garden room at Longview, an Ithacare Community.The yellow flowers quivered as I plopped the small plant into the hole I’d dug. I tamped the soil down around it. Done. Thankfully there had been no run-ins with earthworms. No bugs.
“I can water it myself,” my friend says.

“So what’s this virtual garden you keep talking about?” she asks.
“Well, it’s going to be a place online, on my website’s Home Page actually. Soon, people can go there and if they email me a picture of their loved one who died, I will Photoshop the face into a flower in the garden.”
“But why a garden?” my friend asks. “You say you don’t like gardening.”
“Because gardens are comforting places. Healing places. I like gardens. Being in them, seeing the colors, watching things grow. I just hate weeding and worms and getting dirt in my fingernails.”
“But that’s half the fun,” she says. And then my friend asks, “Can I give you a picture of (my husband) and have you put him in your garden?”


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5 thoughts on “A Virtual Garden

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  2. Elaine Mansfield

    So charming, Robin and Annette. You make a good team. Do you really plan on having this photo garden, Robin? I look forward to seeing your inventions.

    1. Robin Botie Post author

      Yes. It’s just started. I have no idea if I’ll get three or three hundred faces “to Plant.” Wanna send me a shot of Vic? As for Annette, she’s a star. I love working with her. I hate doing selfies all the time but my friends don’t like being in front of a camera or in media. I guess there will be more time for inventions now as I wait for a response to my query. And more time to “met up” with you on FB and Twitter. Thanks, Elaine.

    1. robinbotie.com

      You better love it. Everyone else does. Thank you so much for the inspiration, the story, the posing. I couldn’t have done it without you.
      Lots of love.


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