Sunday, March 18, 2012
Things You May and May Not Do at the Gardens
The gardens are not funded by or run by the city; the entire place is privately financed and run by a small army of volunteers. I understand that they want visitors to stay safe, and want the gardens to stay beautiful, and that people don't always use great judgement. But my reaction to the many signs was to feel a little like a small child who has done something bad, and is being warned against any further misdeeds.
I took all these photos from the path, I promise. The gazebo in the background here has a new roof since my last visit.
The woodland path is covered with gravel, and is steep and uneven. I wondered who had tried to take in on wheels.
There are just a lot of things that I had not really considered doing on a day amid the flowers and trees, and I guess it's lucky for me I didn't want to roll in on a bike, smoke, or drink while I was there.
The koi made it through the winter, though it looks like their pond could use some weeds removed. I imagine that will happen when the water lilies are replanted.
I like the zigzag bridge, nicely repaired after flooding a couple years ago damaged the structure. Supposedly the zigzag design keeps evil spirits away. The sign keeps the kids with cane poles away.
Bronze cranes in the Japanese garden, nicely reflected in their pool. It looks like the moss is starting to green up.
The gardens continue to be free until April 15th through October, when admission is charged.