A red, wooden bridge adds beauty to the Japanese Gardens at Duke Gardens, near Raleigh, North Carolina
Brookgreen Gardens contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture in the country, displayed in a stunning garden setting. Sculptures in the middle of ponds and fountains create neat reflections.
Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve, located just south of Murrells Inlet, in South Carolina. Though the gardens were somewhat dormant during our visit, the sculptures were fabulous.
“Fighting Stallions” by Anna Hyatt Huntington at the entrance to Brookgreen Gardens. Two horses, rearing on their hind legs, are striking each other with their front hooves and biting. One has sunk his teeth into the other’s neck as it throws back its head in pain. Their muscles are taut with struggle, and manes and tails disordered in combat. One nude rider clings desperately to a horse’s back, while the other, thrown on the ground, protects his head with an upthrown arm.
Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by some, the Eden Project in England is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football fields. More than just a huge, tropical garden, Eden is a gateway into the relationships between plants and people. Not only a mind-blowing visitor attraction, Eden is also fast-becoming a unique resource for education and knowledge towards a sustainable future. The project is located in a reclaimed china clay pit, located 2 km from the town of St Blazey and 5 km from the larger town of St Austell.
A beautiful, Victorian country manor nestled in woodland gardens with a sea views, just a few miles from the busy port of Falmouth in Cornwall, England
Memorial Garden is the main visitor entrance to Christ Church and the Meadow, in Oxford, England.
The south garden known as the Rose Garden was designed as an iris garden and now has changing seasonal bedding, replanted twice a year. The north east garden is roughly trapezoidal, and bounded by walls on all sides. It is known as the ‘Circle Garden’, the name derived from a former round bed. It now has a lawn surrounded with mature shrubs including Wisteria, Magnolia, Photinia, Viburnum, Abelia and some lower herbaceous planting.
Most probably a moat to protect Windsor Castle in olden times is now converted into a garden
Colorful blossoms in the garden with the advent of Spring ……
A bench to view the garden wall and reflect at the Meditation Garden at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Charlotte.
A bench to rest at the gardens of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte
Another bench to view the lush green Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida
A shaded bench to rest and view the beauty of the gardens
A bench to view the blooming flowers at Biltmore Estate Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina
Since opening in 1977, Morikami has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in Delray Beach, Florida.
The 16 acres that surround Morikami’s two museum buildings include expansive Japanese gardens with strolling paths, resting areas, world-class bonsai collection and lakes teeming with koi and other wildlife. The wider 200-acre park features nature trails, pine forests and picnic areas.
A bench to view and feel the serenity of the gardens …
Internationally renowned gardens at Self Realization Retreat, Encinitas, California, offer a diversity of colorful plants, meditation nooks, koi ponds, and spectacular ocean vistas – providing a unique inspirational setting where one can pray, study, meditate, or just sit quietly enjoying the expression of God’s beauty in nature.
A bench view of the Pacific Ocean from the Meditation Gardens
A lantern creates interesting designs at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens near Charlotte, North Carolina
The holiday lights are much brighter as darkness sets in at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens near Charlotte, North Carolina
A sense of balance in a Japanese garden with uneven stepping-stones to cross the water. Image from 1985 converted from slide to digital format.
The serene reflections in a Japanese garden in Tokyo, Japan circa 1985
Serenity in the gardens of the Imperial Palace with the busy city life of Tokyo, Japan outside, circa 1985