When I go to a new city, I love to check out their botanical gardens. Random, I know, but I think it shows a lot how a city maintains their gardens. And let’s be real for a second, it is SO peaceful wandering around in nature, while still in the city.
So for a while now I’ve been planning to go explore Vancouver’s botanical gardens. I was lucky though, because Scott’s mom had it on her to-do list for her visit here! So we gathered up the boys and bused down there one stiffling hot morning.
We had to pay about $12 to get in, and we happened to go on a kids day. Which was both a blessing and a curse. It was a curse because it meant that indoors and right outside there were children running around everywhere. It was a blessing because it meant on the actual trails themselves, it was virtually empty!
You don’t even know how badly I wanted to dive head first in this water! It was hot on its own, but with the sun glaring down on us and with all the walking I was quite sweaty. Ew…
I can’t help but notice his rather prominent package…
I am so in love with this plant up above! Not sure what their called, but a friend told me that deer love them. I guess I should be a deer then, because I cannot get enough!
There were so many bees flying around and I loved it! Living in the middle of a city, I now get overly excited when I see a chipmunk, so seeing bees doing their thing was great! I recently discovered the conditions that bees are forced to produce honey in, and have been feeling terrible about putting honey in my tea. So it was nice seeing them about. Even though, you know, they still had to work…
The best part of the day, for me, was wandering through an English Maze! As a teenager I read a V.C Andrews novel that had an English Maze in it. Since then it has been my dream to have an English Maze, or at least run through one. Getting to run through this English Maze was SO fun. I could have spent all day going in it and doing it over and over again.
It doesn’t look big, but it was!
Overall I don’t think the Vancouver botanical gardens were worth the entrance fee, maybe half that, but it was a good way to be in nature and kill a few hours!
Have you ever explored your city’s botanical gardens? Ever run through an English Maze?