Monday, August 24, 2015

Mosaic Monday #55 - Bonnieheath Lavender and Whistling Gardens

Yesterday I was on a bus trip with other gardeners anticipating great ideas for plants and design.
Our first stop was at Bonnieheath Lavender Estate and although the lavender had already been harvested we were given a tour on how the bundles are debudded and the oil distilled.
Many of their products and lavender wares were for sale in the little shop.
A wagon ride tour showed rows of pruned lavender plants, netted grapes for wine (there was a lavender ice wine for sale) and a tall grass prairie that was burned in the spring.
Our next stop was Whistling Gardens (Wilsonville, Norfolk County) where we were treated to a water show of fountains dancing to a symphony of music written and programmed by the owner. He designed it from drawings of the famous water fountains at the Palace of Versailles.
A number of formal aspects at Whistling Gardens, particularly the top photo where a wedding was to take place in the afternoon.
The two resident trumpeter swans, a popcorn plant named so because the flowers and leaves smell like buttered popcorn, a neat swirly evergreen and the seed head of an ornamental grass.
Darren, the owner has the world's largest conifer collection of about 2400 species and Whistling Gardens is a designated privately owned botanical garden. He has big dreams for expansion in the future and this is one place worth visiting every year or two to enjoy the progress.

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52 comments:

  1. Hello Judith! That lavender ice wine is new thing for me. What kind of wine that is? That place looks very peaceful and you have great pictures! Have a nice week!

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  2. Good morning, Judith. What a wonderful trip. Both places are lovely. I have never heard of lavender ice wine, but I would try a sample. The water fountains are pretty and I love the swans! Beautiful images and mosaics. Thanks for hosting, have a happy new week ahead!

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  3. Hello, Judith!
    Such fascinating places and beautiful photos! Oh, so much lavender growing... :)
    A plant that smells like popcorn sounds fun.
    Thank you for hosting MM and have a lovely week!

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  4. I love that photo with all of the dried lavender hanging in rows.

    What an enjoyable day that must have been! :)

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  5. It must have smelt wonderful! What a lovely trip. I like your bee and sunflower motif too. Many thanks x

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  6. Judith you do have some of the most beautiful spots to visit. I would love them both but especially the Lavender Farm. Did you try the wine? Sounds yummy.

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  7. Dear Sweet lady...thanks so much for these beautiful features....and for sharing your trip with beautiful photos.
    Your party is always such a delight.

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  8. What a enjoyable outing that must have been.
    I would have watched and listened to the fountain symphony for hours and will have to tell the RG about the popcorn plant.

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  9. What a magic garden! Beautiful. I've had ice wine before ( grown-ups desert!), and I bet the lavender would be perfect! Thank you for hosting!

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  10. I even liked the little mounds of lavender plants all trimmed back. The second garden would be a beautiful place for a wedding indeed.

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  11. I would love to go to those lavender fields Judith. I have just found out that we have a lavender farm here in Virginia that is very popular. Great photos of yours. This likes such a lovely area to visit when the lavender is blooming and harvested. Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

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  12. I bet this was loads of fun. I love visiting gardens (and gift shops). Did you buy the ice wine??!! I love ice wine and I'm betting the addition of lavender made it extra special. Fountains ... can't beat the sound of water. Happy Monday and Thanks for hosting!

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  13. Your tour looks like it was great fun. We are surrounded (luckily!) in the Pacific Northwest with lavender farms/shops which I adore visiting. I could almost smell the wonderful scents just looking at your photos.

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  15. Looks like you had a brilliant day out Judith. I can smell that Lavender!

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  16. I love lavender, so soothing. Thank you Judith for Mosaic Monday 55.

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  17. Wow...what a fun tour...I can almost smell all of that lovely lavender! And speaking of lavender, my neighbor brought me over about a dozen plants I have never grown it before and hope I don't kill it! Thank you for hosting another lovely Mosaic Monday!

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  18. The Whistling Gardens sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Some people have such great vision for what will appeal. The visit to the lavender farm was interesting - my lavender is giving a second bloom this year because of our warm and early spring, and I'm planning to harvest it again this week. De-blooming the stalks is a chore and I don't know if I do it correctly or not. Guess I should "google" it. Thanks again for hosting, Judith. Have a lovely week.

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  19. Hi Judith,

    What a great day out you had!! I've been Googling to find lavender farms in our area that I can visit. They're really popular now, and there are at least a few around here. The Whistling Gardens you visited look amazing!! I would love to see the water fountain presentation. I'm glad you shared a picture of the swans -- I think they're the most beautiful birds. I fell in love with them when we visited England and would love to see them again in person.

    Your mosaics are lovely, and I like your new blog makeover. Thanks so much for hosting and have a great day!

    Big hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  20. Its all so beautiful. Looks like the perfect day.

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  21. Both gardens look very interesting to visit, Judith! I can imagine how lovely the lavender garden smelled, and I would have been very happy shopping in their gift shop! The whistling garden looks to have a wonderful collection of plants besides its beautiful fountains, Have a good week ahead!
    Pat

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  22. Hi Judith,
    These are wonderful photos and thanks sharing.
    Have a good week, Moni

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  23. Dear Judith,
    thank you for this beautiful link party mosaic monday.
    Such a wonderful trip. I enjoyed your pictures.
    Have a lucky week

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  24. What a delightful trip for the senses, Judith! Your photos were so wonderful, and I enjoyed seeing the swans and learning about the popcorn plant.
    Enjoy your week!

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  25. I love the beautiful lavender and would enjoy seeing a field of it growing. I'm so happy to be linked...just in time! WHEW! Enjoy your afternoon! Sweet hugs lavender Sis, Diane

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  26. It looks like a beautiful day. I'm sure you loved all the lavender!

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  27. Very nice mosaics, Judith! Thanks for sharing info and images of Bonnieheath Lavender and Whistling Gardens. I had assumed they were up north so it was a pleasant surprise to discover that both sites are within 1 hour's drive from me (at least according to Google Maps)! Looks like they're definitely worth a daytrip!

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  28. What a lovely day you had Judith. I'm sure you thoroughly enjoyed the lavender gardens. The Whistling Gardens looks like a destination I'd enjoy. I love fountains with music, and the formal gardens look exquisite!
    I think I'd be tempted to nibble on the plant that smells like popcorn...

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  29. An interesting trip with your garden group Judith.
    I enjoy lavenders in the garden for their colour, fragrance and attraction to bees and butterflies.
    After spending the weekend in my garden I've decided my old lavenders need to be replaced!
    Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday!
    It's still my favourite!
    Shane x

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  30. What a fun trip! I enjoyed seeing the lavender displays and the lavender growing in the field as well. Whistling Gardens looks like an amazing place to visit as well. 2400 conifers - incredible!
    Glad you enjoyed your bus trip, Judith. Hugs, Beth

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  31. Hello Judith,
    Thank you for hosting Mosaic Mondays. You take such wonderful photographs and I really enjoyed reading about the trip! I'm so happy to have found your blog :) Have a wonderful week!

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  32. You must have been in lavender heaven there Judith! Sounds like you had a great tour of both the gardens. I hope there was a tea for you somewhere in there as well ;) Enjoy your week!
    Wendy

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  33. Whistling Gardens looks like a spectacular place!

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  34. It sounds like the tour you were on was lovely.
    Thanks for the party.
    Denise

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  35. What a neat place! I can almost smell the lavender!

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  36. It seems you had a very nice trip! Love lavender too.

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  37. Those look like wonderful tours! So much to see and learn!

    Beautiful photos, too!

    Deanna

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  38. The lavender farm looks wonderful. I have tried to grow lavender, but it never winters over. We just do. Ot have the formal gardens here that you seem to have. I need to renew my passport, I guess. I took a peek at your Thursday post since I didn't visit last week, love it. Have a good week and may all of your lavender dreams come true this week.

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  39. A wonderful tour ! Thanks for sharing !

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  40. Judith, thank you for the tour of this beautiful gardens. The water fountain would be lovely to see and the lavender when in bloom as well. Can you believe August is about gone? It's been a busy month for me and I've enjoyed it. Take care. Pam

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  41. Love these kinds of gardens ... and lavender! Your capture of the swans is pretty too:)

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  42. That looks like an awesome place! The fountains would capture my attention. too!

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  43. Hello Judith, I enjoyed reading about your gardener's tour. Lovely photos! I hoped to make a contribution this week but will try again next week. The days of summer seem so short with everything there is to do. Thanks again for gathering us together.

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  44. What a wonderful day out! So many beautiful things to see. I expect that the fragrance at the lavender farm was wonderful!! xx

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  45. Your visit and tours of those gardens were an inspiration to you, I'm sure, Judith...:)JP.

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  46. Lovely photos of this beautiful place.

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  47. I would especially have loved visiting a lavender farm. I've been harvesting my 8 little plants. Lavender is so luscious!!

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  48. Oh I LOVE, LOVE Lavender everything and would be in heaven there, and then you say Lavender Ice Wine, I can imagine how delicate that would taste. For nearly 15 years now I have worn fine Lavender EDT and then my favorite tea is Revolution Lavender. I could go on and on about my love of this lovely flower. Enjoy the remainder to your week Judith~

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  49. Oh, how I would love to visit a Lavender Farm! I was in Grasse, France one year long ago when the lavender was in bloom and it is something I shall never forget. (Also saw Versailles on that trip, hope you get the chance if you have never.) The gardens and fountains are amazing.

    Did you buy anything at the lavender farm? YOU of all people like lavender!

    I got a kick out of learning about a popcorn plant - never heard of it before. I'd love to smell one!

    Hugs!

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