I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Washington Oaks Gardens ~ A Little Piece of Paradise

I really enjoyed my walk through this park, but would recommend going in the spring, fall, or a nice winter day. NOT in the middle of a hot humid Florida summer! At least the gardens area...there was a nice breeze on the beach, and there's enough beach to set up a canopy. I will take one of my sun shades next time.

I'm only going to give you a glimpse of the gardens, as I didn't take photos of every copse of trees, or every grouping of plants....or the rose garden.

The entrance and property was once the private winter residence of The Young's, and was along the original A1A.

I love when natural elements are used in landscaping and building(s).

These came from the nearby beach.

Unfortunately I cut off some of the words.

One of my favorite things was this staghorn fern.


There were several around the park just like this!

These are the feet. This plant propagates by growing a new one, called a pup. I would love to have a big staghorn!

Another thing that made me say WOW, was this palm growing in an old oak tree.


The Koi Pond was another favorite~

These fish are big! There were a few big catfish in here, too.

Bamboo, many types of ferns & palms, tropical plants, and flowers are everywhere.


This is Plumbago in front, and some type of Ginger or Canna's behind. Guess I need to go back and see for sure lol.

When you reach the end of the pathway, you are at the river/inlet.

I wanted to get down there, but it was blocked off. There were rocks covered with shells!

Probably would have hurt myself anyway, rofl!

Down the other side, people were fishing, and boats would go by.

We left from here, and made a beeline to the beach!


julie cavender said...

Looks like you had a nice trip! That tree is amazing!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Looks like a beautiful and relaxing place to spend the day. Thanks for the photos!

Ayla said...

I love Koi ponds! The fish are always so big. We were in San Francisco last week and visited a tea garden and they had a bunch of Koi fish. They were so huge and so many colors.

Almost Precious said...

It has been a very hot and humid summer down here in Florida. Your wonderful photos of the lush, garden makes it look cool and inviting . . . even though I know that is just an illusion as it is hard to be cool when the temps are in the 90's along with the humidity.

likeschocolate said...

lovely! Have a great week !

baili said...

Loved your walk in park my friend!
Nature has compelling power and is great source of healing indeed.
loved the pretty fish and all interesting pics!

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