Virginia days (11): Botanical garden 2

In the botanical garden, I enjoyed a scenic walk on a winding path in the lush woods. I saw some squirrels nimbly running around and woodpeckers busily pecking. There were benches here and there. How wonderful it would be to 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 in the 19th century.

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Hand-carved gazebo

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

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Cute graffiti

It was also nice to walk around the lake. The lake was picturesque from any viewpoints, but I especially liked the view with a tree house. There was 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…)