The garden opens at 9a.m. with an admission price of $5.00 for adults, $4.50 for Seniors and $3.00 for Children under 12.
We entered through the south gates and wandered past the Japenese Garden which wasn’t open yet into “The Grove” where we found a POW/MIA Memorial.
We continued down the road and came to another Vietnam Memorial. Seven pillars in a semi-circle.
We walked back toward the Japanese Garden and turned right into the Trial Garden with its Gazebo.
Next we enjoyed the Four Seasons Garden with its many sculptures.
We passed through the Shelter House and went down into the “Rose Garden”. It doesn’t have any roses at present time due to some type of plant disease.
The Rock Springs Woods section was closed for the removal of “invasive” plants.
So we went left into the Republic of Texas Miniature Rose Gardens.
We continued on to the Oval Rose Garden.
We continued on along the same path and came to this tree with many drooping branches.
We looped back through the Perennial Garden.
The Japanese Garden was now open and we went through it. I have so many pictures from it, I decided to make it a separate blog. After the Japanese Garden we walked the Texas Native Forest trail, part of which is on a raised boardwalk. This section has fun stuff for the kids and was very busy with little folk.
At the end of the Texas Native Tree trail is the Conservatory (which we didn’t go into). We did go to the courtyard behind it.
As we made our way back we passed this statue and the Texas Garden Club.
This is a fairly new sculpture garden. Not all the pieces are “permanent”. Artists showcase their sculptures here and rotate them. So you may not see the same ones I have posted here.
Saturday morning we headed out to visit the Fredericksburg Trade Days.
We went into town and had great barbecue at Cranky Franks.
On the way home we swung by Luckenbach.
While doing a volksmarching event in Granbury, Tx I collected some new waymarks. Having been to Granbury on multiple occasions I’d already collected some of them.
These are the new ones I collected this trip.
I even found one I could add to the Official Local Tourism Attractions category.
On the way home we stopped in Walnut Springs to collect the waymarks in their park.
Further down the road we stopped in Clifton to collect these existing waymarks.
While there I took pictures of the actual bridge and made it into a waymark.
Next to the bridge was a rock structure so I took a picture of it. I later learned that the city park had CCC construction so I waymarked it too.
Next to the Post Office is a small park with a statue and a veteran’s memorial which I also waymarked.
Just down the street was an old movie theatre which I also made into a waymark.
Our next stop was a cemetery way out in the country. Seriously make sure you have a full tank of gas before collecting this waymark.
Our last stop was to take pictures of the railroad depot in Valley Mills and make it into a waymark.
The Heritage Farmstead Museum is all that is left of a 365 acre farm. The original wheat farm belonged to Hunter Farrell, his wife Mary Alice and later his daughter Ammie. Ammie died in 1972 and an Association was created to preserve the home and 4.5 acres. The association’s goal is to teach and demonstrate the past.
While we were there to enjoy the museum we were also on a treasure hunt for letterboxes. The series of 26 boxes entitled “A Day at the Heritage Farms Museum” gave us a nice tour of the farm while hunting for treasures.
On the drive up we detoured over to the Waxahachie high school to see a “muffler man” painted as the school mascot. If you aren’t familiar with “muffler men” go here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muffler_Men