Monday, April 22, 2013

Quarryhill Botanical Gardens

The Quarryhill Botanical Gardens in Glen Ellen, California, is a lovely place to spend a few hours. These gardens were founded in 1987 and features one of the largest collections of Asian plants in the world.

My favorite part of the gardens is the water lily pond with waterfall. This lush pond is filled with pink and yellow water lilies and one cannot help but think of Monet's Giverney. I enjoyed sitting on a rock in the shade by the waterfall, listening and watching it cascade into the pond. The dragonflies were busily hovering over the water lilies adding magic to this serene setting.

As I walked around the paths through the gardens, I happened upon a family of Canadian Geese with their young adorable fluffy gaggle. Lizards scurried across the ground, butterflies fluttered by and bees swarmed the bushes.

There are plenty of benches throughout the gardens to sit and contemplate, reflect and enjoy the beauty of nature. There are many bridges to walk over and shaded areas with gazebos and a wonderful marble Chinese Lion. I decided to have a roar with him...

I highly recommend this peaceful, beautiful, and magical San Francisco Bay Area locale. 

What are your favorite places in nature?

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