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Yard Of My Dreams

I’ve been working really hard in the yard lately.  Here’s the latest picture.Family at garden

Oh wait…My bad.

This is The Gardens at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah.

So it isn’t really my yard, at least not yet.  But I’m taking notes.

One day!  A girl can dream.

A bunch of us went on Tuesday because every Tuesday in August you get in for an amazing $2 (regularly $10).  They call it “Two-Buck Tuesday”.  Kind of catchy isn’t it.   They probably went with it because “Totally Amazing, You Must Take Advantage of this Deal, Best Price to see The Gardens-Tuesday” doesn’t quite roll off the tongue the same way.  Clever, clever people.

I realize some things are probably outside my budget and acreage, like this fountain that stretches all the way up the hillside.

Total Sweetness and the other kids had a wonderful time running up and down these stairs.  He’s all boy in case you couldn’t tell from the state of his knees.

There were varying degrees of enjoyment in our group.  Missy L had a great time on this outing with Grandma and Grandpa.  She knows just how to be cute, cuddly, playful and grandpa’s favorite tickle target.   Squash wasn’t quite as enthusiastic.  It might have had something to do with the fact that she was our pack mule, carrying jugs of water over the miles of trails we explored.Grandpa tickling Missy L.But being at The Gardens is like stepping into another world.  There is something new around every corner.  It feels like a Garden of Eden in this land of normally dry desolation.  The flowers are magnificent.  The colors, sizes, and varieties, bordering all the interlacing pathways truly inspire.Colorful FlowersThinking about the amount of work it takes to keep it all weed free and thriving makes me a little sick, but it is worth it.

One of my favorite places is “The Secret Garden” inspired by the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  To get to the doors of this completely walled off garden we first had to walk through a tunnel of Honeysuckle.  Once through the doors we could almost imagine Mary Lennox was once here.  It has a purposely overgrown but still planned and manicured feel.  Very much an English garden.Garden with wallsPrincess would make a wonderful Mary Lennox in this fairytale garden.  Especially with her sometimes haughty attitude, but don’t tell anyone I said that.   Princess in gardenThe only problem with The Gardens at Thanksgiving Point is there is so much to see and so many places to explore it really takes more than one day to get the full experience.  And on top of that they change seasonally so there is always something new.

So if you’re ever in the area, take a few hours and see The Gardens, especially if it’s a Tuesday.  I might see you there.

Happy Gardening.