There’s a really beautiful garden about an hour from our house that used to be an estate belonging to a wealthy family. When they died, they left the estate and their gardens to the country to become a public space. Each year, they decorate it the property with stunning floral and light displays. Steve, my parents, and I decided we would go out there this year and see it all. I haven’t been there since I was kid, and I still remember as an 8 year old being amazed at the number of poinsetta plants they had in the green house. Almost thirty years later, I was still as amazed.
We started the afternoon by walking around the town near the garden and enjoying the charm of it all. So quaint and so beautifully decorated for Christmas.
In the town, there was a great little space with a five or six mini restaurants inside and a common area for eating. It was almost like a chic food court. There was a great restaurant with some delicious hot dogs and burgers; Steve was so excited. Who can say no to a great hot dog?!
When we walked into the garden space, there was a beautiful little shop with a wishing tree in it. People had covered it in hundreds of wishes that ranged from certain items they wanted for Christmas to experiences and health and wellness in the new year. Next to the tree was a book arch – the book worm in me was SO TICKLED by the design. So cool!
Then we walked out into the gardens and were mesmerized…