We spent about thirty minutes in the Monet Garden photographing every flower in site. It was overwhelming to try to get great shots of so many flowers. I still feel tranquilized from the day. The Botanical Gardens has another Monet exhibit this winter to represent his seasonal works. Truly I wish I could have brought some of those wonderful flowers home but the sign says no picking. There are over 250 acres with many different gardens, a forest, desert, conservatory and a greenhouse where horticulture is studied.
The journey had only just begun. We took the tram several stops around the park where hopped on and off to see different gardens and shows. The Rockefeller Rose Garden is in full bloom. Once again the floral bouquet entranced the garden into a complete aphrodisiac. There are hundreds of roses there some English, some from other places of the world. We photographed in the gazebo, enjoying a pleasant moment. The dramatic entranceway consisted of five feet high shrubs with majestic cement stairs that lead down to the garden itself. Walking into it was a prize in itself.
As I had been recovering from an appendectomy, I needed to walk as much as possible. The doctor told me to walk often until I couldn’t set another foot forward. We decided to take a trail through the forest. We spotted black squirrels, chipmunks and hard to find birds. The path was long, but well worth it. The forest is a little too big to cover in one day. There are streams, waterfalls, funghi, and many of the trees have history and are labeled. I read something that one of the trees was an original that spawned a whole slew of different trees. it was the first of its kind. I could have spent more time in the forest. If I wasn’t going to London this year to study I would have purchased a year membership. I would go every weekend if I could.
The rock garden was stunning as well. There were many types of mosses, flowers, and plants that grow around the rocks. Bumble bees galore! For some reason, the bees were not afraid of people and were busy minding their own business. Around here you can grab a seat on the lawn for a picnic or have lunch at the cafe. We opted for the cafe having a lite lunch and some tea.
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