Hello, my friends!
My family recently went on summer vacation (more on that later!) and on our last day, we visited this absolutely beautiful public garden, overflowing with flowers, a lily pond, and so many other pretty things.
If you love flowers and nature, this post is for you!
We were looking up a free, nature/outside-related activity when my mom found a place called The Garden Door. On our way there, we accidentally drove past it and debated turning around or find somewhere else to visit, but we decided to back track and it ended up being so worth it. When you enter the parking lot, there’s this arch way that seems right out of a book.
This is the view upon entering. The gardeners were all so friendly and took time to show us around and point out interesting things to us.
This was one side of the garden – Mom and my sister, Grace sat down on the bench for a while while the rest of us wandered around and explored.
There are actually 21 separate gardens, overflowing with flowers, herbs, succulents, and one vegetable garden. This photo is one of my new favorite flower photos I’ve ever taken. So pretty, right?
I kept stopping to take pictures of every flower or neat thing I saw. These purple flowers are beautiful! We have quite a few that are growing near our house.
Isn’t this gazebo neat? My little sister, Jewel, was trying to convince Mom to let us eat our picnic here but Mom said it’d be like eating in a snow globe, with everyone watching you, so we opted for a pretty park above a marina.
All of the artwork and decorations were made by the gardeners and it was all unique and beautiful!
Lots of flowers. . .
There’s this very neat path through the Cedar trees called Toad’s Abode. My younger siblings enjoyed playing in there and by the end, Jewel had walked through it at least six times, haha.
I loved the bookish references and how cute and fairy-like everything was! I’ve been wanting to make another fairy garden/terrarium as I used to, and this inspired me to actually do it. Now I just have to find a nice stump to make it in. 😜
Outside of Toad’s Abode was this lovely Lily pond! The only waterlilies I had seen were white, and here they had all different colors!
On the other side of Toad’s Abode was this neat planter full of succulents! All the succulents I got for Christmas died (I have no idea what I did but I did something 😅 The death of one can be blamed on Chewy, since she ate part of it. 🤪😂) so it was fun to see all of these. We still have a few that Mom got for Mother’s Day, and I’m hoping to get more!
There was also this other garden full of these neat, cacti looking succulents!
These bulbs (I can’t remember the name at the moment. If you know it, comment below!) are one of my favorite flowers – I’m hoping to plant some of them next year. They’re super popular in this area that we visited.
We all walked through this neat tunnel-type of thing and found it to be very neat! Mercy and I did a quick photoshoot on the benches, but I sadly can’t share them because of privacy.
Another one of our favorite things was the kaleidoscope! Looking into it was so neat and you could take pictures of what you saw.
There were also some neat displays and ideas for vegetable gardens. Mom asked me to take a picture so we had some ideas for our garden next year!
I love all the different shades of green in this photo!
Flowers make me so happy. 🥰 I wish we could have come later in the season when everything was in full-bloom, and not just beginning to bloom. It was beautiful just the same!
There was another spot that would have been very nice to eat lunch at, but since it was only 11:30, we decided to keep driving. This space does seem lovely, with all the greenery and how it’s tucked away from the rest of the world.
This is probably my favorite photo from this entire post. . .the bokeh, the color, just all of it. 😍
And that’s all I have for today! Come back next week for an announcement involving daises, blogging, graphic design, and other exciting things. 😉 Before you go, let’s chat in the comments!
Favorite photo from this post? Favorite flower?