We parked on the far end of the gardens. Jacob wanted to walk through the "echo hall" which is an outdoor semi-covered walkway with occasional larger rooms with echoy roofs.
|Blooming tree along the path|
|Gnarly vine that I thought was pretty cool, if not blossoming|
We saw many fantastic flower beds along the way as well.
|Reds and yellows, a common combination here|
|Flowers in a circle|
|That's the ice cream parlor in the distance, which we did not visit--BUMMER!|
|Inner circle of flowers|
|A long row of flowers|
As you can see from the captions, I have a real grasp of the names of all the different types of flowers. Alas, my education is woefully inadequate when it comes to vegetation. When the zombie apocalypse happens, I will definitely be a scavenger and not a farmer. Maybe I can apprentice on someone's farm when the time comes. But I digress.
One sad discovery was the boating pond, which was in no condition for boats. Good thing we didn't bring Jacob's pirate ship to have fun sailing it.
|The driest bed in the gardens|
Another unfortunate discovery on our way back through the echoing halls was the sight of some teens just about passed out from drinking. This discovery was pretty shocking since that sort of thing is unspoken of around here. Apparently they missed this sign.
|If only they had been more sociable drinkers, they'd have been more responsible drinkers|
That didn't ruin our day since the kids walked by in blissful ignorance. It was a fun outing and brought to mind Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring" from The Mikado.