Thursday, January 21, 2016

Lots to see throughout the Pacific Connections Garden

As I said in Part 1 of this series (D'light and I visit the Washington Park Arboretum ) I wanted to spend some time at the Pacific Connections Garden   For those who love plants here's a neat link by fine foliage taking about all the plants and some beautiful pictures of what the New Zealand garden looks like in the summer.

 "Even with the rain, this is a cool spot"

Time to visit the Lookout Gazebo

The Lookout Gazebo was  restored to the original 1941 design. This was completed in the fall of 2013 during the Building the New Zealand Forest, Pacific Connections

We take in the view

D'light exploring the environment and it's great to see him at ease as he maneuvers new places.

"Look at me mom!"

One last scan and time to get moving

There is a massive amount of neat rock work throughout the gardens

"Why is it raining so hard?!"

We kept a move on given the rain

Now we have wind in addition to the rain!

We head to the Cascadia Forest

D'light is not thrilled with the downpour we were in

We head over to the Pacific Connections Garden Shelter which is a 300-square foot with a Green Roof

In the link above it says "A stunning log shelter provides cover from inclement weather ". No doubt that's what was going on for us so we were happy to have this fantastic structure to stay dry under!

Cedar trees were salvaged from the Arboretum and were used for the columns.  Volunteers hand carved designs of indigenous people of the Pacific Rim region onto the columns.

"When is the rain going to stop?!"

There are a number of lovely design elements.  One is a terazzo and brass map embedded into the floor of the structure.

We hung out for a while and then it was just cold and the rain clearly wasn't going to stop. 

Time to head back to the car!

There is more to see but, that will be for a different day when the rain and wind are not so heavy!

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