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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sunday Morning Stroll - Bellevue Botanical Garden

After working most of the week in our own garden, I needed a change of venue.  I wanted a place where I could combine walking with beautiful surroundings, not too far from home.  

We found just the place.
 The Bellevue Botanical Garden is undergoing some construction - a new visitor's center- so the temporary entrance is now through the Yao Garden.








It was another beautiful day, and the new green Japanese maple leaves made a glowing canopy overhead.
Leaving the precisely planted Yao Garden, we took the wilder trail through the wooded seventeen acres of preserve.








 Emerging from the wood, we came to the newly reworked Perennial Borders.  These are maintained by the Northwest Perennial Alliance, of which Tom and I are members.  We can't claim any credit here, since our own garden takes up all of our time and energy, but our purchases at the NPA plant sales have certainly contributed to the fund raising.











 A stroll though Rhododendron Glen took us back to our starting point.




We walked a bit more through the woods on the adjacent Wilburton Trail outside the garden before returning to our car.

We spent two lovely hours surrounded by beauty and bird song, covered three miles, took lots of photos, felt restored, and were back home by noon.  

13 comments:

  1. It is such a beautiful place! And your photos are terrific as always! Wonderful colors and variety! Glad you had a good day, Linda, hope you have a good week ahead as well!

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  2. Awesome place for a walk. Thanks for sharing all the beauty.

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  3. Ahhhh...Thank you, Linda. I agree with Lin. That is Paradise. Your photos lift my spirit. You seem to have so many beautiful places to walk in Seattle.

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  4. Yes, I agree with Kay. There are many nice places to walk there.

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  5. What a breathtaking, beautiful place. If you had any cares, they would vanish in that place.

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  6. Just beautiful. Bit of a busman's holiday though!

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  7. It is definitely a beautiful place. I was taking pictures of the early morning sun coming through leaves, too. It's something we don't usually see for long periods like this. Thank you for sharing this garden with me. :-)

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  8. You always find the most amazing gardens to visit. thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a beautiful walk! Thanks for taking us along:)

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  10. Oh my Linda, how beautiful. Everything is so lush and green. So many shades of green. Love it. The flowers are so beautiful too. So many colors. thanks for the tour. MB

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  11. This was a wonderful sight for sore eyes. We just have not had anything blooming due to this cold weather around here, and due to the drought. We've had two days of rain. Maybe, just maybe, we will have some trees begin to bud out after today. Your photos are just beautiful.

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  12. Oh, my, how beautiful! And how fortunate you are to be able to visit such a magnificent place.

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