The Botanical Gardens are not to be missed. I am not a "green thumb" person by any means. If there weren't identifying signs all over the place, I would not be able to name much of anything. But this is truly a wonderland for walking, reading, meditating, exploring, picnickng. Any place that allows dogs on top of that is tops with me. Make sure you walk all the way to the ocean, where there are benches to wile away the time. (Imagine these are great vantage points for whale watching in season). The vegetable gardens and family graveyard are stops I always make. The dahlias were in bloom and I can only say: beautiful! There is a gift shop with lovely, affordable items to take home. My only disappointment is the recent 40% entrance fee hike. I visited in February, and it was $10. It is now $14 and when I questioned the exorbitant increase, I was told they want to be able to keep the Gardens open. This is distressing on top of distressing. Also makes me wonder why, when I called to inquire about dedicating a bench, no one bothered to return my call. Seems terribly lax if the Gardens is looking to increase revenue!
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