I had heard about Fernwood from others and thought it sounded nice. Perhaps I was expecting too much, having lived most of my life in Oregon surrounded by fabulous gardens as well as having traveled around the world and visited several botanical gardens in many different locations. There were some okay things about Fernwood, and I didn't go on all the non-paved trails, so perhaps there is more to see there, but most of the garden had a "worn-out" or "run-down" feel to it. The butterfly area and Japanese garden were especially disappointing. For a moment I thought, "well it's fall and perhaps there just isn't as much at this time of year" but then I thought there should still be lots of roses and dahlias should still be blooming....something to make me go "wow, beautiful." I'll go back at other times of the year and see if it gets better (and by better I mean that there would be more flowers to see).
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