Virginia days (10): Botanical garden 1

That evening, my BFF and I visited her friend’s. She was very friendly and warm-hearted. I met her sweet children, too. While I was staying with them, I learned many important things, which would influence my way of life and career in the future. I will never forget her warm hospitality.

Next morning, I went to a grocery store Kroger and bought some stuff for my friends back in Japan. I enjoyed a shopping spree there. I bought some soap bars, wax melts, scent bags, as well as some Halloween and Thanksgiving cards. The soap smelled like shea butter and vanilla; and the wax melts and scent bags had vanilla and cinnamon scents. I really like American spicy fragrances, so I wanted to bring them back home. No wonder my suitcase was full of American fragrances!

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Pumpkins on sale at a supermarket

After that, I went to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which is voted America’s #4 public garden by USA Today. First, I had garden salad at Garden Cafe. The weather was nice and perfect for an outdoor lunch.

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Visitors Center
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Garden Cafe
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Garden salad

I enjoyed walking around the garden, taking pictures of flowers. I had a map, so I explored the garden looking at it. I liked walking through the rose garden, serene woods, and along the lake. There were some schoolchildren led by their teachers around the conservatory. In some areas, I saw people once in a while and we said hello to each other. In other areas, I was alone. I sometimes felt as if I had the garden to myself. What a luxurious time it was!

Here are some other photos I took in the garden.

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I like the faded colors.

The way to the conservatory was full of pink and purple flowers.

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I came to the conservatory. At the entrance, there is a small lotus pond. Inside the building, you can see various cacti and orchids, which are all well maintained.

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Out of the conservatory, I stepped onto a walkway where some inspiring words were engraved. I liked every word. These are words I really want to cherish in my life.

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Now I came to a rose garden. It has more than 1,500 roses. They were just in full bloom!

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(To be continued…)