Tranquil day at Kanapaha for Moms


Jenn Blaire, of Ocala, carries her son Levi, 8 months old, as she walks through the Children's Garden with her daughter Hadassah, 3, on Mothers Day at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, in Gainesville on Sunday. Kanapaha has free admission for moms on Mothers Day and free admission for dads on Fathers Day.

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Published: Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 10:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 10:27 p.m.

Motherhood isn't a walk in the park, but mothers got one for free on Sunday if they wanted at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

Jenn Blaire and her husband, Andy, took their two children to the gardens on Sunday, when mothers got in free for Mother's Day.

The Ocala couple's 8-month-old son, Levi, sported a tuxedo T-shirt, seeing that it was a special occasion.

"He got dressed up for his mom," Jenn Blaire said.

Levi and his 3-year-old sister, Hadassah, were as well-behaved as could be on Sunday, something Blaire acknowledged wasn't always the case when it comes to raising children.

"We had a bit of a rough morning," she said.

Still, Andy Blaire said, being a parent is a "blast," before asking Hadassah to find for him a blue turtle on a rock wall in a children's garden.

She did. Then proceeded to eat a few more of her favorite food at the moment: Chips.

Around the 62-acre grounds, couples and families stopped to look at the ponds, flowers and trees of all shapes and sizes, creating a calming environment for mothers who might otherwise be swamped in any number of tasks.

Kanapaha employees said some 400 people came through the park on Sunday, a significant increase above normal attendance.

The tranquil gardens are a far cry from the ball game some dads might want to go to for Father's Day next month, when, by the way, admittance at Kanapaha will be free for fathers.

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