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Come Into The Garden (lots of photos)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Yesterday Himself and I took a trip down to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, in, of course - Norfolk VA. (Not Norfolk UK)

We had an unforgettable visit there nigh on to 30 years ago but in spite of it's relative proximity, we've never been back! This is not good, considering Himself has to drive down to Jamestown half a dozen times a year. What's another 20 miles?

When we went in the 1980's we didn't explore the whole place. It was August and we were just traveling on to another destination so we stayed only an hour or so, but while standing in a beautiful green enclosure along the canals, a tour boat puttered by and I lusted to have my own boat ride. There wasn't time then but I made sure we took one yesterday - all the more reason to wonder why I took so long to go back - except you have to get to Norfolk on an interstate highway and I hate driving on them.

The gardens are right next to the airport - in fact, both were built the same year - and both are really easy to get to. You just take the Norview exit off of 64 and turn left on Azalea Gardens, drive about a mile and turn right. Voila!

Talk about water features - this place is threaded with canals and a lake so of course boat rides are offered.

You betcha - I got barefoot every chance I could.

There are fountains everywhere.

The azaleas, daffodils and camellias are past but the roses are in full bloom

This one is Bill Warriner Rose - a florabunda - and a complete bouquet on a stem

Yes. I was swooning with the beauty of it all. LOL

Hydrangeas were just coming in -

Including a climbing one!

We simply had to take a boat ride down the canals

Where we found a rare green heron

We also road out onto Lake Whitehurst - a spring fed fresh water lake not half a mile from the Chesapeake Bay!

We walked through the butterfly maze

Through the Virginia Native Plant garden where we found some things never change

and deep into the Enchanted Forest

Where you can see - Other Things never change either

Yes. It's true. If there is a tree to climb - I shall climb it.

We stayed at the garden till 5 o'clock and then went to a Golden Corral for dinner where, yes, I did indulge, but not beyond the caloric limits. I'm learning how to handle myself in these buffet type restaurants at last.

This was a perfect mid-point celebration for my sort-of stay-at-home vacation. I seem to be spending an awful lot of time in the car for a staycation but oh my - this drive was so worth it. I won't let another 30 years go by before visiting these gardens again.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KANSASROSE67 6/10/2013 8:49PM

    So beautiful!! I love visiting gardens and if not in person, your blog was the next best thing! You are looking so slim and trim in those pictures!!!

PS. I promised myself "NO MORE ROSES" but I'm going to have to see about that Bill Warriner!

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FORBANDE 6/5/2013 11:09PM

    Such a wonderful place!! So glad you shared!

And I love, love, love the pic of you climbing the tree. :)

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SCOTTYDOG76 6/2/2013 11:34PM

    Beautiful day to spend in a beautiful setting! I envy you!

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CAMSEDGE 6/2/2013 11:17PM

    Thanks for sharing...I love gardens, flowers and peaceful places.

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WARRIORGIRL121 6/2/2013 10:01PM

    Beautiful photos! What a lovely place! emoticon for sharing!

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JACKIE542 6/2/2013 11:18AM

    What a beautiful garden, thank you so much for sharing the pictures. I could stay there forever, just love gardens. emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 6/2/2013 10:15AM

    Absolutely lovely! Thanks for sharing the beauty of the gardens with us! Love the picture of you in the tree, you look great! emoticon emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 6/2/2013 10:10AM

    What a gorgeous place! It looked like it was a perfect day. It made me long for a boat ride!!!

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WATERMELLEN 5/31/2013 8:56PM

    Pics are wonderful -- I can't think of a better way to spend a day. Like you I can never resist climbing a tree! And you look wonderful yourself!!

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KANOE10 5/31/2013 7:44AM

    Loved the pictures. Thanks for sharing. I have never seen a green heron. we have blue herons.


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CELIAMINER 5/30/2013 1:01PM

    Great visit!

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BOSSONBABE 5/30/2013 12:39PM

    Lovely! Bet you wouldn't have been as comfortable climbing that tree before Sparkpeople.

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WEDDWT 5/30/2013 11:08AM

    You look like an ornament in that tree, a little garden nymph - and I do mean little. Thanks for the tour of the garden! I feel relaxed

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VMASSEY2 5/30/2013 9:26AM

    Bess, these were wonderful pictures. I have been in that area a lot in my lifetime. My Uncle was stationed at Ft. Eustis and we would go up and visit him. We did all the history stuff since I am a history lover. But he never mentioned these gardens. Thank you for sharing this with us. I loved it; even the tree climb.

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GETULLY 5/30/2013 8:21AM

    Wonderful pictures! What a day that was! emoticon First Rate!!

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KELLIEBEAN 5/30/2013 8:13AM

    Beautiful! Thank you for my mental health break!


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MJREIMERS 5/30/2013 7:35AM

    How beautiful!! Even looking at the pictures brings a peaceful and serene feeling. emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/30/2013 7:34AM

    What a lovely place!! Thanks for sharing!

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