What a great little surprise! I have lived 2 miles from the gardens for 12 years and only visited for the first time last week. I expected a small, mediocre, backyard garden but I was wowed by everything this site has to offer. The staff there is friendly and helpful, identifying flowers for us and sharing the history of the gardens. Even the resident art teacher introduced herself and went out of her way to take us to a particular part of the garden and sharing an interesting back story about it. We stayed for 2.5 hours and could have stayed longer. Enjoyed it so much, I think I will purchase an annual membership. As close at it is, it would be a great place just to stroll around or picnic when the weather is nice.
FYI, there are picnic tables onsite in a beautiful wooded area, or you are welcome to bring a blanket and make your own spot. The gardens offer many classes for gardeners (not a gardener myself, but they sound interesting.) There is a plant nursery where one can purchase plants propogated on the premises. There is a large bonsai garden with probably 40+ specimens. There are several places throughout the gardens where chairs and benches have been strategically place to encourage quiet, restful enjoyment of the gardens. And last, something I'm excited about - they have beehives on the property. I was told they sell the honey that is harvested from them in the fall. Yummm..honey with the medicinal value of being local, to boot!
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