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Unexpected Orlando: Bok Tower Gardens

Unexpected Orlando: Bok Tower Gardens

My memories of Gatorland, got me thinking about other off-the-beaten-path Orlando destinations. Bok Tower Gardens come instantly to mind. About an hour away from Orlando, this place is beautiful, magical even. My visit there deserves a story all of its own, but, as a preview, here are some tidbits from a January visit. Highlights: Wild southern groves, … Continue reading

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens: The Lotus Season

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens: The Lotus Season

Did you know that July is the lotus season in DC? Last week, I wrote about my late-June stroll through the serene and beautiful Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, “where water and wind dance,” and the lotus ponds were just beginning their bloom. This weekend, I went back for the park’s Lotus and Water Lily Festival. Ponds upon ponds of … Continue reading

A Morning in Stellenbosch: A Walk around Town

A Morning in Stellenbosch: A Walk around Town

“I got down from the wagon and beheld the distant view of the beautiful mountain of Stellenbosch, Jonkershoek and Drakenstein; before me lay a spacious valley planted with vineyards and plantations, and in its centre was the village of Stellenbosch. At that distance it looked like Paradise. I felt a surge of nostalgia, I thought … Continue reading

Ten Wildflowers to Tame (Part 1)

Ten Wildflowers to Tame (Part 1)

I hardly have to think of it: Blue False Indigo, Bee Balm, Butterflyweed, Cardinal Flower, Eastern Coneflower, Garden Phlox, Gayfeather, Thread-Leaf Coreopsis, Goldenrod, and Joe-Pye Weed. All ten are easy to grow and hard to kill–unintentionally, that is: These are polite neighbors in my Northern Virginia garden. But, above all, they bring so much life, … Continue reading