Sunday, June 26, 2011

Visiting the Garden's of Greensboro NC

On Saturday we figured the highways would be quiet and we could sneak up to Greensboro NC.  I was wrong!  Oh, we snuck up to Greensboro OK.  But the southbound Interstate was horribly backed up from a wreck involving two camper trailers!  It did not look like anyone was hurt.  My plan was to see a 'Bog Garden' and the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden.  The gardens were nicer than expected.  In fact, the Bicentennial Garden was as nice of a garden as I have been in ever.

The 'Bog'...
 The 'Bog' garden was a project by the city.  Imagine a place where roads and housing developments meet and down the middle is a drainage area, wet and not suited for development.  Well, the citizen took that piece of 'ditch' between a VERY UPSCALE neighborhood and the commercial district and turned it into a very nice garden.

There is either a concrete path or wooden path through what is now a canopy of trees.  They added plant types that would thrive.  There is a bamboo Forrest.

 All kinds of wildlife has settled into the garden.

There are waterfalls and walking paths.  It could be done anywhere, REALLY it could.  What a grand vision.  Most damp, soggy, creeky, ignored drainage areas like this are eyesores.  This one is a beauty.

Bicentennial Garden...
Just across the street is the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden.

 This is a formal garden, fabulously planned and laid out.

 It has acres of walking paths of differing types,

 sculptures of different types,

 sitting areas of different types

 and glorious plantings that are perfectly maintained.

We really enjoyed our trip to the Gardens.

 If you ever have the occasion to be in the Greensboro NC area, take the time to walk this garden.

Well, we were hungry after our walk.  I really like having Google Maps on my Thunderbolt phone.  It is so easy to get around and find what you want.

 After discussing the options, we had lunch at Mimi's Cafe.

 The decor, staff and food were wonderful!  :)

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