Saturday, June 11, 2011

Quiet Splendor

Once in a rare while, I find myself with a free afternoon. A break from the everyday duties that fill my calendar. What should I do?! For garden nuts like us, it's a no-brainer! A garden tour, of course!

Forty minutes later, I'm here! A beautiful woodland garden created by Leonard J. Buck and Zenon Schreiber. A 30-yr. collaboration that began in 1940's, encompassing 29 acres with a 2.5 mile walking trail. They designed the garden by feel and eye, with no plans on kind of gardening!

Just a $3 donation gains you entrance into paradise...can't beat that! Let's go, shall we?

Already a split in the trail...let's go this way! With the huge canopy of trees and the sun hitting just so, it was the perfect day!

Aptly named Primrose Path...

A lovely place of eternal rest

MUST add this 'Hartlage Wine' Calycanthus to my garden...anyone grow this?

Amazing that I had the park all to myself! So, naturally, I had to wander off-path to capture some hidden views..Shhh!

Even the huge outcroppings of boulders had gardens tucked in them. quite the muddy feet for this closeup

Let's rest a bit...

A fews hours of much needed soul re-charging, it's time to head back.
Don't worry, we're not lost, just follow the trail of snow...

Japanese Snowbell, that is.

So when you need the world to fade to quiet, pencil in a few hours of peace in your calendar. And don't forget to invite me!


  1. I can't believe you had the whole place to yourself. How serene. And they winged that place with no plan?! Why doesn't that work out for me? LOL

  2. I cannot believe you had that whole place to yourself either. I would have strayed from the path too. Shhh don't tell our local Park Rangers about me.LOL! Such a beautiful place to walk. My kind of unwinding.

  3. Thanks for the tour, Lynn. Very transquil! I love to do the same in my free time, too.

  4. Lovely, just lovely.

    I can imagine a garden planned in the 1940s without benefit of drawn plans. What I can't understand is why DH doesn't LISTEN when I tell him where the new paths should be.

  5. Thanks for the lovely comments, All! I have to do a return trip in the fall when foliage are at peak!

    Rene, when you're in town, let's get together! ;D

  6. What a wonderful garden tour. I love how plants are tucked everywhere. I grow Hartlage Wine. It hasn't bloomed for me yet (two years) but the foliage is great. Lovely bloom on it.

  7. It's very nice to hear from you and I too hope your summer is going great.

  8. The woodland garden is beautiful,I'd pay more than 3 dollors. Looking at some of your older posts and I forgot that your a great photographer. Your gardens look stunning..really !

  9. Lynn, I would say this might be aptly described as "picture perfect!" What a wonderful day you had. :-)

  10. What a lovely, peaceful place to visit. It would be hard to leave a place like that.


  11. I like the views..., very authentic with colours so rich and heavy in depth and breadth.

  12. Lovely visit! I don't have hartlege wine, but a similar calycanthus. It's gorgeous and changes colors in the fall as well.

  13. Love your new header. Awesome. What a nice place. I would love to sit there in the gazebo drinking cold ice tea and a camera of course.

  14. What a wonderful place Lynn, and great photos! I love the upside-down spider!

    Love your header photo!


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