Virginia Days (11): Botanical garden 2

In the botanical garden, I enjoyed a scenic walk on a winding path in lush woods. I saw some squirrels nimbly running around and woodpeckers busily pecking. There were benches here and there. How wonderful it would be if I read a book sitting on a bench under a tree!

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The path led me to a pretty garden, where the garden staff were planting young pansies. Near this garden, I found an elegant hand-carved gazebo built as early as the 19th century.

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Hand-carved gazebo

Around a carriage house, I saw autumn decorations made of natural materials. Last time I came in December 2017, it was freezing cold. I remember drinking hot chocolate and having a nice conversation with a staff member there, which warmed me up. In autumn, the atmosphere is very different with colorful foliage. The garden in autumn is warm, pleasant and graceful.

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Cute graffiti

It was also nice to walk around the lake. The lake is picturesque anywhere, but I especially like the view with a tree house. There is also a Japanese garden by the lake. I imagined how wonderful it would be if my BFF visited Japan someday and we could explore Japanese gardens together.

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Lake and tree house
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Japanese garden

(To be continued…)