It was like field trip day at school. I anticipated the day with great excitement. I made sure the camera was well-charged and was ready much in advance of the designated departure time. Virginia will be 100 on May 28, 2009 and I first toured her garden with my perennials class when I was studying for my third career in the early 90's. Pat started the local chapter of the Wild Ones: Natural Landscaping organization where I learned much about native plants and ecosystems and where I made connections that filled out the parts of my education that could not be gotten in schools. Both of them know more than I ever will and both of them are willing and eager to share their knowledge and advice and wisdom. Virginia's garden was in its peak of spring wildflower bloom. The day was a little overcast to get really great photographs, but that happens! With us was Jan who has a park with a beautiful prairie border named after her, and Denise who also has a natural landscaping company, two more heroes. I am grateful to have people like these in my life. I was proud and humbled to be in their company.