The Fern & The Palm Tree

Something has always baffled me. In my adulthood, there has always been a nagging question in my head that I have never been able to find an answer to. Who decided to put peas and carrots together? They have no business being together, one is a root and one is a vine. They are not even the same color. Yet they are perfect. You can say the same thing about Beauty and The Beast. As the story goes, they were perfect. Now lets take on a big one. Ketchup and french fries. How did those two get together? Was it a marriage made naturally? Or simple marketing genius? From what I understand the makers of ketchup weren’t selling enough ketchup. So somebody told the public that potatoes and ketchup go together. The rest is history. I’ve Googled this. There are all kinds of stories out there about the history of ketchup. For the purpose of this email, lets stick to mine.

Do we really need to know the answer to how peas and carrots came together? Not really. So many mysteries.

I am always amazed by the mysteries of nature. I am always amazed when plants are growing in places and spaces that they should not grow.

I was walking through the garden at Maple Rock last Thursday and I noticed a fern growing out of the side of a palm tree. I know it was a Thursday because our freezer at High-Hand broke down on the same day. These two events are really not related but they certainly have created a time stamp in my brain. This makes the freezer, the fern, and the palm tree completely connected. See how the universe works? It caught my attention out of the corner of my eye. What puzzles me about it is there are no ferns in the area like it. Matter of fact, in what we call the “Palm Room” at Maple Rock, there are no ferns. It was at this moment that peas and carrots came into my mind as I was looking at fern and the palms tree. I have come to the conclusion that I have no answers. Somewhere, somebody, put peas and carrots together. Probably a mistake. I think many great things of the world are born from a mistake. Are they not? As for my palm and the fern I think its just natures perfection. The fern traveled by air or by bird and found the perfect place to thrive. Who am I to really question “why.”

image of ferns growing on a palm tree

What if we just stoped asking “why” so much? Instead why not just enjoy? Here are some things you can enjoy at High-Hand that we have been working on for a very long time.

The Art Gallery

Curiosity and creativity.

image of the inside of the gallery

The Nursery

Freshness and life.

image of some plants and a car

The Mercantile

Calming and comfort.

image of the inside of the store

The Brewery

Friendship and good times.

image of the inside of the brewery

I think we can agree that peas and carrots, curiosity and creativity, freshness and life, calming and comfort, friendship and good times, all simply go together.

Oh and don’t forget about ferns and palm trees, natures perfection.

Can we add good vibes to the list?

Join us for four days of music this week from August 24th to August 27th.

  • Thursday: Curbside Concert Series with Justin Marson | 5:30-7:30pm
    Covers and original work
  • Friday: Billy Williams live on The Stage at High-Hand | 6:00-9:00pm
    Solo acoustic cover artist with a country flair.
  • Saturday: Renowned Danish artist Henrik Johannessen | 7:00-9:00pm
    Original country inspired acoustic sound.
  • Sunday: Frankie Sorci Duo | 4:00-6:00pm
    Smooth saxophone and keyboard.

For more information about upcoming events, check out our events page at Follow us on Instagram for all of the latest information from High-Hand regarding plants, concerts, and other cool things.

See you at High-Hand,


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