Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Garden Tour Part 1

Worker Bee and I recently celebrated our 22nd anniversary and we decided to go on a garden tour for our "date!"

What a wonderful day we had.  The weather was wonderful - warm, with a cooling breeze.  Our lunch out was a wonderful treat - yummy food in a casual comfortable restaurant.  But I know why you're here - you want to see the gardens!

Stop #1
The Garden of the Sun

This garden is a demonstration garden.  There are orchards of fruit trees and vines, beds of vegetables, herbs, perennials, and small-space gardening demo beds.
 This is a gardener's dream!  
 Look at those foxgloves!  Those are one of my favorite flowers!  
(But wait until you see the next garden - it's foxglove overload!)
  I kept telling Worker Bee what a wonderful location it would be for a wedding reception. (Good thing we have a few years before Baby Bee is ready to tie the knot!)
 I just love herbs.  I've always had them and I just love stepping outside to get fresh herbs for something I'm cooking.  They always smell heavenly!  They had a plant sale at this garden and I was hoping I'd be able to find a bay cutting and I did!  We used to have a nice little bay tree but Worker Bee says he killed it.  (I think we both did by moving it, but if he'll take the blame, I can live with that.)
 One of my favorite gardens was the Children's Garden.

 Why look!  It's Hairy Potter!
 Cute little crayons all over this garden as garden accents.
 Right behind this fence is a parking lot for a KFC and a Carl's Jr. (Hardee's in other parts of the country) and you would never know it - so peaceful and pleasant.

 This was a tangram garden.
 This is a living sundial.  You stand on the month, put your hands directly over your head and it points to the time.  It pointed to 11 when I did it and it was exactly 10:59.  Pretty cool, hunh?
Thanks for coming with me on part 1 of the tour!  Much more to come!
Hope you can buzz back by like all those ginormous black bumble bees we saw!


  1. Absolutely beautiful!! Seems like you had such a gorgeous day, and what stunning gardens!! Foxgloves are so pretty!! Wouldn't be so great to have this as your backyard!! I would love it!! Thanks for sharing!! xo Heather

  2. Happy Anny! Sounds like you had a great day! That sun dial is really neat:@)

  3. What a great date Happy anniversary. The gardens are beautiful.

  4. Don't you just love garden tours? So many ideas!! Sounds like you had a great day!!


  5. Well,how wonderful....what a lovely date...thanks for sharing. That sun clock was pretty interesting....blessings on your week.

  6. That would be my idea of the perfect date. My husband, not so much! Our town had a garden walk several years ago, and hasn't done it since. Such a shame, because I got so much inspiration from each garden. I have a feeling after you saw these gardens that you'll be planting lots of foxgloves!

  7. I've been telling my husband that we need to go and see what's new. I haven't been there in years. Now, it is a must see destination and best of all it's free!! Thanks for the reminder and the pics to show my hubby who has never been there.

  8. What a beautifu place, thank you for sharing it with us:>)

  9. Happy Anniversary. My husband and I enjoy garden tours too. :)

  10. Lovely garden tour :)
    Greetings from Australia♥

  11. That is a "latte" of great gardening inspiration! The sun dial sounds like fun. I am sure to follow this series. It is so pretty!
    via Share Your Cup Thursday

  12. Thanks for the fab tour. I had to pull out the specs so I could see every teeny little thing. lol! I also love Foxgloves. I have a few getting larger but not blooming yet, can't wait! So many fun ideas. I love touring gardens. What a fun anniversary for you and hubs. May you celebrate many many more! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup!


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