We have a long list of gardens to visit as we travel in retirement. Today we visited Fuller Gardens and we were enthralled as we strolled through this small, quiet, well kept garden. The temperature was around 70, the sky was early autumn blue and the breeze was just right. We couldn't believe how the plants were almost all still in beautiful bloom! It was a Tuesday afternoon and the gift shop entrance was not open. An "honor system" money box was at the gate along with brochures for visitors. There were 4 or 5 other visitors. The rose gardens were extensive and well loved and cared for. Each rose bush was meticulously labeled by name. The dahlia display garden was bright and full of every color of blossom. Classical music was playing in the conservatory which was full of tropical plants, cacti and succulents. The most interesting garden was the koi pond area. The pond and garden was totally enclosed inside the old evergreens that looked like thick solid green walls. But step through the opening in the 20 foot tall green wall and you are inside a huge room of shade. Sit on a bench and watch the fish. Bring a picnic lunch or snack and sit at the outdoor table just outside the garden entrance beside the gravel parking area. The deep blue Atlantic is visible from several vantage points from inside the garden. Plan to allow about and hour or two as you savor the beauty of the small but "first class" pubic garden. And don't miss the small, storybook-style Union Chapel across the street. You can't go inside the Chapel but just walking around this cute old building is an experience you don't want to miss.
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