Giant bushes of fragrant gardenias flourished at the entrance to Amanda Williams’ childhood home in Tallahassee, FL. To her, they were a familiar source of comfort and safety. The white blossoms aren’t frilly, bright or frail. Their fragrance is recognizable before you even see they’re there. And no matter what the year held, they were a reliable constant. Gardenias symbolize peace and love, and we could all use a little more of both in our lives.
Growing up in Florida meant many trips to the ocean. For Dr. Williams, the beach will always be a relaxing and rejuvenating place. The chaos of daily life is easily forgotten. Between the warmth of the sun, the sound of the waves, the smell of the salty air, and the welcomed feeling of smallness you get when you look at the vastness of the water, your mind always slows and quiets on the shoreline. A cove represents sheltered and safer waters, surrounded by a curved coast. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere of tranquility and acceptance.
“Gardenia Cove” represents a dream of living our best life. Each individual creates what that means to them by finding what brings peace, fulfillment, and genuine satisfaction despite the inevitable difficulties that will come. We know that with a full life, there is loss and failure, and those hurt. A lot. And yet, at Gardenia Cove, we can find ways to cope, deal with our discomfort and pain, and move forward.