Beautiful flower gardens; humming birds, butterflies, and a rare treat to walk through this type of woods.
Pack a snack to enjoy in the woods.
Even though it was past hummingbird and butterfly season, we still saw four humming birds and a variety of butterflies. Also saw frogs, toads, and a red-eared slider.
Do not expect Longwood Gardens or the gardens of Versailles (I have visited both), but do expect a pleasant, perhaps more pleasant, experience here.
I heard about Leamings Run years ago from my mom. I didn't know what to expect. I only knew that she was delighted with it. The two of us finally got to visit the garden on September 13th, 2012. What a treat! The mix of formal plantings and natural woodland is delightful and deeply satisfying.
Since I had done no research, the $8 fee was a surprise, but it’s about the same or less than fees to enter other parks I’ve visited. We were warmly greeted by the woman at the booth who gave us a brief history of the garden and property.
The clean port-o-potty by the entrance was appreciated.
At the NO SMOKING sign near the entrance to the garden, pause and take a relaxing breath. Really.
You are now entering the calming zone. Why wait, marching past a dozen yards of lovely forest, before it occurs to you to slow down? Regardless of what’s on your plate or on your mind, there is something very tranquil about this garden.
Open your ears to take in amazing variety sounds: insects, frogs, birdcalls.
Many of the annual gardens are small, but very well tended and charming. Nice themes of color and use. The larger open areas are delightful. Walking through the woods was enchanting. Where else can you wander through a forest of holly trees? It took me a while to recognize the Hollies. I'm not used to seeing the bark just the leaves and berries. Hollies grow wild in this area; the local Girl Scout Council was formerly called Holly Shores Council. Now I see why.
There is very little signage. I do love to learn about the flora and fauna, but there is something to be said about simply enjoying it and interpreting it for yourself. The signs that were available were great!
The colonial cabin with the excerpt from the owner’s dairy made quite an impression.
I want to visit again, heck, I want to work here.
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