We saw myriads of flowers and plants, more than I could describe. A picture is worth a thousand words, so let me beef up my writing with photos!
|Pretty purple ones|
|This bunch hummed with the drone of bees|
|My favorite blue|
|Monarda, according to the sign|
|A variety of sweet pea plants|
In the middle of the garden is the Old Bath House, now used for art exhibits. Nearby is a tea house. For the Sundays in August, bands also have been playing in the garden. We enjoyed listening to the Knaresborough Silver Band.
|Knaresborough Silver Band|
The children were delighted to discover the first play area, which had nice though standard outdoor play equipment.
|Children's Play Area!|
|Jacob enjoys the view|
Not much further on, we discovered a giant log maze which was fun for all of us to explore.
|Log Maze at Harlow Carr|
|Lucy dashes to the top|
|Jacob finds the central tower as well!|
|View from the Log Maze tower|
Surrounding the log maze were various giant-sized games, including Jenga blocks, Connect 4, draughts (or checkers as we say in America), and even Snakes and Ladders.
|Jacob and Lucy try out life-sized Snakes and Ladders, where YOU are the game piece|
Signs nearby pointed to the Tree House which was much more than just a house hanging high. It had a rope bridge!
|Best treehouse ever!|
|Lucy races to home|
|Jacob looks out the top of the house|
Around the house was an obstacle course that delighted Jacob and Lucy just as much as the house did.
|Lucy gets a little help from Prior|
|Jacob proudly ducks the branch|
Soon enough, the threatening weather made good on its threat. Rain began dropping on us. We left our umbrellas and raincoats in the car, so we decided to head back. On the way, Lucy said goodbye.
|Farewell, fare plants!|
We barely saw a quarter of the gardens so we will definitely be back for the Winter Walk and the Logness Monster and the Doric Columns and the many fine activities and events held there.