While my husband and I were camping over Labour Day weekend, we drove into the nearby city of Duluth, Minnesota to sight see for a day. We did so much that day it's impossible to fit into one post, so today's post is just one of many to follow.
The first thing we did on Sunday morning was visit Enger Tower Park. The main attraction of Enger Tower Park is the tower: but I will share those pictures and stories on one of my Wednesday Travel Posts. Today, since it's Sunday Gardening Day on my blog, I just want to show you the lovely flower gardens of this beautiful park.
The park is situated on a scenic hillside above the city of Duluth. It is located right off the Duluth, Minnesota's Scenic Parkway. So yes, I was back to driving up on scary high roads on my vacation again. What is it about me that I always have to drive these terrifying roads? All kidding aside, the road is very safe and well-maintained. I'm just terrified of high, hilly roads.
My husband and I were the first visitors to the park. It rained heavily the night before, so everything was wet and the sky was quite overcast. There was no admission or parking fees.
The park was so peaceful for awhile. We had the whole place to ourselves. The only creatures around were chipmunks, who my husband immediately started talking to. Yes, we talk to animals. Were weird that way.
Being late summer, only fall blooming perennials and annuals were in bloom. But there was still so much interest in the landscape with all the beautiful hosta, bushes, trees, and rock.
The first place we headed was the pergola area. It sits high on top of the hill and has a beautiful scenic overlook of the city of Duluth. Weddings are held under this pavilion.
There were huge pots of gorgeous annual flowers surrounding the pavilion and pergolas.
The ivy just dripped over the edges of the pots, and cascaded down onto the ground.
The view of the pavilion and pergolas as seen from the scenic view side.
Scenic view of the city of Duluth and Lake Superior. See the bridge and boat in the distance? The bridge goes up to let boats pass through.
There are many beautiful and tranquil scenic garden paths to walk in this path, and plenty of benches to just stop and enjoy the view. The Superior Hiking Trail also runs along the edge of Enger Park Gardens.
They had an amazing variety of hosta at this park.
Gorgeous alyssum filled in among the garden rocks to border the garden.
My husband just loves interesting trees, tree limbs, and tree trunks.
In addition to the flower gardens, the park also features a lovely Japanese Garden whose show case is a replica of a bell from Japan. You can read the entire story of this bell in the picture below.
The Japanese Garden was so peaceful and lovely. It had a "river" of stones and a "lake" of gravel. You can read all about this garden in the picture below.
Like most Japanese Gardens, it was meticulously manicured and well taken of.
The gravel lake is seen in the distance. Although there were signs everywhere telling people to stay out, this little girl almost walked right in it. I almost died. It is raked in circular patterns, which must take hours to do. The little girl sees the pretty gravel and says "Lets go inside!". Thankfully, her parents stopped her.
I don't know the significance of all the Japanese garden ornaments, but I found them quite lovely.
The black rocks mimic a river, merging into the lake (the light grey gravel). I love the fountain grass growing alongside the "river".
A close up of the "river".
Yet another interesting Japanese garden sculpture.
There was lots of moss growing around and in all the rock, making it even more beautiful.
Have a great day! Amy
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