Every time I’m at the Oregon Garden I stop at this sign and then …
… head down this narrow path towards the Secret Garden …
… only to remember, when I come around the bend, that this is a dead end …
The view however is delightful!
Now we’re on the right path! 🙂
We’re at the gate!
Come inside this magical corner of the Oregon Garden.
There are benches to sit on to enjoy the view and tranquility.
With all the rain we’ve had the ponds are full and the greenery’s lush.
This is one of my very favorite spots at the Oregon Garden to pause and clear my mind.
Here’s the famous blue door I couldn’t find on my first visit!
All the winding paths got me turned around! 😉
Looking back you can see a new Lending Library on the left
and flowering vines climbing up tall poles.
Stepping through this blue door …
… and into this brilliant autumn foliage …
… almost caused me to overlook this tiny damselfly in the middle of the path.
The shimmering wings in the bark mulch caught my eye though.
It sure blended into the background well!
One of the things I love about this botanical garden is the re-use of reclaimed water.
The Oregon Garden is one of a very small number of botanical gardens/parks
in the country that uses reclaimed wastewater in a water feature.
Walking through this Secret Garden always leaves me feeling like a whole new person.
There’s something about the sound of flowing water that’s calming.
Which garden within the garden to next?
To be continued …