My partner and I grow vegetables, flowers and herbs in our postage stamp sized front yard and a strip of dirt we have in the back yard. Several other neighbors use pots of various sorts to grew a wide range of things to make Truxton Circle/Shaw nice and green.

The BeneLux vacation we finished last week offered a great chance to see a wide range of gardens. Since we started in Paris we took a short excursion to Versailles. Later we went to Namur to see the Jardin D’ Annevoire and we ended the trip with the tulip farms and tulip gardens of Keukenhof.

Versailles is the classic royal gardens. Half the time there is spent ooohing and aahing over the palaces and places like the Hall of Mirrors (see below)

Since we were there early in the year not many flowers were in bloom. We enjoyed a barer version of the gardens.
We enjoyed the classicism of its alleys, statuary and water displays.

The long, straight lines, guiding the eyes. The mythology of the Greeks and Romans brought to life.

Then there’s the sheer power and technological control of water.

A garden in the south central portion of Belgium has been around for nearly 300 years. It has aspects of the French classicism in it but also throws in English and Italian style gardens as well. Its technology creates multiple waterfalls but all using the water from the area in a natural manner.

The Jardin d’Annevoire had been held in two families for most of its existence and there is still a private section to the public parks. The chateau on site is charming.

The gardens feature both land and water alleys.

The English garden uses the piped in water from a lake on the far side of the hill to create a terraced waterfall.

Like Versailles, Annevoire uses statutes of mythological figures in central positions in water fountains.

Keukenhof is the idea of area flower farmers. It is open for spring and is flush with wild colors. The gardens are enormous and also contain glass arcades named after Dutch royalty. These arcades feature orchids or another single type of flower, medal winners, and also demonstrations and exhibitions.

The colors often appeared side by side.

As impressive as all these gardens were, sometimes the most amazing sight is seeing the plants growing. We spotted many a tulip farm in the area and reveled in the richness of the view.

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