want need to visit a beautiful garden, I head to Washington National Cathedral, or here, to Oatlands. I’ve loved these gardens since I first saw them at age eight or nine. And last weekend I finally brought my children, so they could experience the gardens for themselves.
There are so many interesting nooks and pathways to explore.
The first time I visited, on an Elementary School Field Trip, the statue of the young (and naked) fawn was the source of much mirth, as it was for my children, too. I’d totally forgotten about that aspect of the childhood tour. Now I just see it as a focal point of the pretty garden design.
The children were delighted to find lots of frogs and toads in the ponds, and a quick brown rabbit, which you can just see in the grass in the photo above. But as soon as the kids approached he hopped into the boxwood.
It was a peaceful and quiet morning in the garden (at least until we arrived) but we could see preparations underway for great festivities to come.
One of the girls declared that she would someday get married in this garden. I support that.