Inside the Mind of Isadora

Hugging Tree


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While wandering through Selby Orchid Gardens in Sarasota, Florida on Mother’s Day, I came across a small path. One of the nice things about Selby Gardens is that you can wander aimlessly through many of the garden paths and still discover something you’ve missed on another visit.

This ‘Hugging Tree’ is a good example of that. I’ve been to these orchids gardens more times than I can count on my fingers and toes. It has peaceful benches under trees where one can sit and quietly contemplate. Strolling through one of these paths, I came across this very big tree with this sign on it. I stopped and read what the sign was saying about it’s meaning.

It read:
Have you ever loved something so much that you gave it a big hug? Well, there are certain plants who love trees so much they hug them.

Epiphytes LOVE trees.
Sometimes they are called ‘air plants’ because they grow above the ground. Their roots help them hug the love of their lives (often trees).

Give this tree a hug just like an epiphyte.
Ep-i-phyte (ep-uh-fahyt)
Now trying saying it all together: Epiphyte

Note the small feathery plants just above the sign – air plants or epiphytes.

Hugging Tree sign.web

This video was an experiment in various countries and in the US. It captures the reaction of people who are being offered a ‘Free Hug’ . They seem suspicious and are hesitant to accept one. Yet, notice the faces of exuberance on the ones who do accept the free hug … pure JOY!!!! 😃

As someone who loves to give hugs to everyone I meet – despite their being taken back a little by it – I am forever in their memories because I dared to expose my heart to them and share my gentle spirit.



Each week, Frizz, at Flickr Comments is walking us through the A – Z alphabet. This week is the ‘Letter H’ – to join in the fun ….

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

19 thoughts on “Hugging Tree

  1. Oh what a lovely post. Sending hugs back to you.


  2. GREAT POST! At first I was thinking that I could not hug a complete stranger but by the end I think they changed my mind! !


  3. I love hugs too, Issy. That video is very enlightening.:) Have a wonderful week. xx


  4. Oh, Izzy! Love this post. There’s nothing like a hug. Have you ever hugged a tree. You feel something–a neat, subtle energy running through it and into you. I swear! I’ve done it lots of times with different trees–all that have different energy feelings to them.

    I don’t know “tree hugger” is such a derogatory term. I’m proud to be one. I find hugging a tree to be a calming, almost spiritual experience. 🙂


  5. I am from a culture that certainly believes in hugging!! AND, I don’t believe I get enough!! 😦 — wish my kiddos could hug — although my eldest “kitten” did when she was alive.

    Am I so behind the times of noticing things, like Midnite’s spots, that I didn’t realized you changed themes? Looks nice!! Have you thought about putting a link to your photography blog?

    Namaste!! xoxo


  6. Throwing you a free hug from all the way from Ohio! Xx


  7. It’s good to hug, Isadora. Lovely post.


  8. Hugs right back to you sweet Issy 🙂 x


  9. Ah, Isadora, and a big big hug to you too!!!!
    The Greek word epiphyte actually means upon plant [epi: upon & phyte: plant]
    Happy Tuesday, my dear!! 🙂 xx


  10. That song always gets to me…tears. Love this…have seen a similar video. I would have the nerve to do this! Thanks for sharing, Izzy…love you.


  11. Fabulous idea if one has the nerve to do it… 😉


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