Dear Editor,

Life works in mysterious ways. As I was driving to college, I was hoping there would be a meditation center here, just like some airports have. Stripped of religious baggage, there is no common center for such contemplation.

Well, I was wrong. I stumbled upon the Horticultural Center, which is one of OCC’s best kept secret.

A secret garden, if you will. There is a certain Zen-like atmosphere when you first walk in, akin to the Vietnamese concept of ba or environment.

The place was quiet, with exotic wild trees and plants enveloping a lush garden and a seating bench.

Perfect. Just what I need.

I took my shot as I parked the car in the 20 minutes lot and walked around. You need a searching crew to find someone and finally I spied a person working at the back.

I thought of pestering him with names of wild plants, and how to grow them, but I didn’t want to kill the calm with such banality.

This morning I also thought of planting a sunflower in a pot.

My mom gardens and I dabble in different botanical matters but it’s funny that in 10 years of my OCC career, today was the first day of discovering such a hidden gem.

Zeeshan Mahmud, OCC student

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