First stop was Adonis - a mid-east grocery store/bakery/restaurant that was on our way to the botanic garden. We were tempted to forget about the gardens and just stay on their sunny deck and eat for the 8 hour stopover - delish! Check out some of the yummy food above and below. I just had to share these!
Our big mistake was not buying tickets for the gardens in advance. Although the event runs from June 22 to Sept 29, and we arrived almost two months after the exhibit began, the ticket line was over an hour long. By the time we entered the gardens, there were thousands of people already crowded around the more than 50 incredible living sculptures that are arranged along a 2 km route in the botanical garden. These magical creations are the result of hundreds of experts from 20 countries. It was a combination of luck and contortionism that I managed to get photos with few people in them!!
All in all, I took almost 500 photos, and we spent hours ogling the more than 3 million plants and flowers that were used to create the collection of sculptures. Here is a glimpse at some of the highlights of the exhibition.
For more information on this exhibition, please visit the botanic garden website.
|I'll take 2 of each!!|
|Or maybe a few cakes??|
|Ack! A cake made from gelato..|
|One of my favourite displays - 'The Man Who Planted Trees'|
|The shaggy dog - made from grass|
|Also part of the same garden - look at the flowers!|
|A very hungry caterpillar - and ladybug!|
|This was about 20 feet tall!|
|A lotus bud|
|I also loved this display - huge in its scope!|
|This entry came from Japan - merges man|
|A woodland wonder|
|A few of the gardens were being|
watered or maintained, an aspect
that annoyed many of the visitors, but
I loved seeing how these amazing creations
were take care of.
|It was SO hot - I wished they would water me!|
|Mother Earth. Magnificent!|
|Loading the truck for farmer's market. One of the last of|
the exhibits in the show.
In a word - spectacular!