Postcards from the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

 

During late August we visited the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.  This incredible garden jewel boasts 47 meticulously cared for acres of canyons, wetlands, coastal bluffs, conifers, perennials, vegetable gardens and more.

Paths, some paved and others unpaved wind their way through each of the breathtaking gardens. A lovely half mile walk offers the gift of stunning views of the Pacific ocean from the bluffs.

Words can’t do justice to the incredible beauty found here. I’m just going to let my photos speak for me.

Voted 5th best botanical garden in the nation by USA Today, this is the most beautiful garden I’ve had the pleasure to explore in a long time.  I could have spent an entire day here, and honestly, if I lived closer I’d sign up to be a garden volunteer just so I could bask in this splendor on a regular basis.

Kensington Gardens

This week Kensington Palace announced that William and Kate are expecting their third baby; Prince George started school; and the twentieth anniversary of Diana’s death was just a little over a week ago. With all of this news regarding the Royal Family lately I thought I’d revisit my photos from our trip to London just this last spring and share.

The palace has been a Royal residence since the 17th century. Queen Victoria was born here and lived here until 1837. Princess Diana lived at the palace from 1981 – 1997. Currently it is home to Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their children, George and Charlotte, as well as to Prince Harry.

Parts of the palace were open for touring and we were able to get tickets and go right in to see the King’s State Apartments, the Queen’s State Apartment, and the exhibit of Diana’s dresses.
I considered it quite a treat to view the sunken garden that was designed this year to honor Princess Diana. Isn’t it magnificent?
Throughout Kensington Gardens there are ponds and lakes, walking trails, benches, stately trees, an Italian garden, the serpentine galleries, statues and memorials, and the Princess Diana Playground with a Peter Pan theme (I longed to go in but adults without children with them are not permitted in the gate). I peeked as much as I could though, and found it enchanting. This is the full scale pirate ship which serves as a climbing area for children. There are swings, slides, a sensory trail and more.This is the Albert Memorial. The Diana Memorial Fountain, built in 2004, is a lovely, restful spot where people can sit and put their feet in the water.We were at the park for a good portion of a day and still didn’t see everything there is to see in this magical place. There’s always next time!

As you can well see, the day we visited was cloudy and dark and my photos didn’t come out as well as I would have liked. The first photo, the seventh, and the eighth came right off the internet.