What’s better than a beautiful spring day? Not much. It’s the best time of year to reflect on new beginnings, as the cold of winter melts away and the season’s delicate foliage makes its appearance. 

I’m a big fan of April for many reasons, namely longer days, blooming flowers and warmer weather perfect for my favorite pastime – cruising around with the windows down. 

If you’re looking to get into the spirit of spring, we’re here to help. Aren’t we always? The best way to start your spring is with a walk through any of our state’s enchanting gardens, which include Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks in Fayetteville and Moss Mountain Farms, which is just down the road from my home in Roland. Check out the full list on page 26. 

And if you’re looking to create your own garden masterpiece, be sure to pay our friends at The Good Earth Garden Center on Cantrell Road in Little Rock a visit, and take some inspiration from local garden expert Chris Olsen. 

If a little live sports action is more your speed, you’ll find plenty of that this month, too. April means the start of baseball, America’s pastime. And that includes one of the most historic baseball teams in the country, the Arkansas Travelers. Learn about the great legacy of Little Rock’s favorite baseball team on page 104. 

And mark your calendars for April 27. That’s when our team at AY will join forces with the Arkansas Travelers team for AY Night at the Ballpark. Join us for an exciting night of baseball and activities during the “greatest show on dirt.” 

This month, we also have the pleasure of locking arms with a great charitable event that’s near to my heart – Baptist Health Foundation’s annual BOLO Bash Luncheon. It’s so important to support our nurses, both future and present. This year’s BOLO Bash will provide nursing scholarships for students at Baptist Health College–Little Rock and cover continuing education for Baptist Health nurses. Those who come out in support will have the pleasure of knowing they are supporting a great cause, while also having the chance to see the famous Linda Gray, known for her role at Sue Ellen Ewing on the hit show Dallas. 

Whatever you choose to do this month, do it with a heart full of the joy that spring brings. 

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