Here are a few photos, so you too can enjoy their beauty:
|Like I mentioned, the Japanese Garden, one of the the largest in the US,|
is of such stunning beauty that even snapshots look like art.
|My husband in the stripes, and our good friend, Eric, under a flowering cherry tree. The petals were wafting down like pink snow and it was truly magical.|
|Azaleas and water lilies.|
|Magnificent azaleas and rhododendrons (I can never tell them apart since I can hardly grow either very well here in Iowa). This photo doesn't do justice to the profusion of giant neon domes set in perfectly raked white gravel.|
|One of the more restrained garden areas. What a sunny spring day!|
|The Moorish walled garden inside the Temperate House, one of the MOBOT's three conservatories.|
|A lovely tulip display|
|Another spring annual display of purple tulips and pansies, backed by azaleas (I think).|
Also known as Shaw's Garden, named after the merchant who established them in the 1850s, the gardens have an illustrious history (documented in this fascinating book), they maintain a great website that includes a plant information guide for cultivars that grow well in the Midwest, and are without doubt the most beautiful gardens within driving distance of Iowa. I can't wait to see them again this spring!