Last weekend we went to the botanical garden – Sunken Gardens. My grandmother took me there often when I was a child. It has been over 20 years since I have been there. Funny how you never go to the attractions that are in your own back yard. It took us over an hour to go through the whole place. You may be familiar with the common house plant, pathos – the leaves on them at the garden were HUGE, I mean about a foot across, and I thought mine were big (a bit larger than my hand).
It has been an landmark in our city since 1935. Originally a lake that was 15 feet below the street, George Turner bought it, drained it, brought in soil and began planting. He brought in plants from all over the world. It was a beautiful place, mostly shaded – therefore, most pictures did not come out. But a few did.
The Gardens currently contain over 500 species of tropical and subtropical plants amidst pools and cascading waterfalls, lushly planted in a collection of more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers. They include a Japanese garden, cactus garden, and butterfly garden, and Chilean flamingos. Plants include bougainvilleas, royal palms, water lilies, shrimp planta, and fruit trees. The garden atmosphere is peaceful and many of the plants are quite large (compared to typical specimens) due to their long history of protection and cultivation.
Me playing hide and seek – You found me.
Frogs on lily pads
Now that my plants are taking over the walkway, maybe the gardens want some to plant. You can see that they are reaching over six feet tall. I planted them when they were a foot high and a foot apart a year and a half ago. It is a constant task to thin them out and trim them away from the walkway. If I knew they were going to grow that fast, I may have chosen something else BUT they are beautiful. And they offer some privacy for me from the pool.
Oh Lizzie-Beth – this is for you. They are not easy critters to get a good photo of.
Well I hope you enjoyed our trip to the Gardens. It was a great day. Heading out for a blog walk. See you in the comments.