Southern Exposure does not offer classes during the summer months but the gardens are open and free of charge to those needing a shot of beauty in their lives! (And to the numerous guests of weddings at the site!)
On my recent trip to Kalamazoo to do some art journaling with Joanne, I stopped in the gardens on my way home.
Although it was late in the day, workers were still about and I could see how these gardens are kept in such immaculate condition. There had been a lot of growth since the daffodil days of early spring!
Of course, I love the vintage cars on the property. It's always a step back in time.
The herb garden has a pretty good start, too! Our schedule of workshops for fall arrived and several involve getting fresh herbs from the garden to include in arrangements.
I couldn't resist the iris, still in bloom! Irises remind me of my dear Aunt Iris and she would have loved these.
Of course, the bird baths are still "in bloom." If I buy one thing for my yard this year other than flowers, it will be a bird bath!
The hostas were huge and the gardens looked lovely. I suspect they are even lovelier now!
Of course, I can't resist the beautiful statuary. This angel particularly touched me.
So, too, did this contemplative madonna, guarding a path.
The color was lively with peonies and impatiens in bushes, wreaths and on garden gates.
There were paths to walk and spots to rest and simply contemplate.
And mostly, I contemplated how lovely it was to have this beautiful spot not all that far from home.
Another visit is due. And soon, fall workshops begin!
Maybe by then I'll have my own bird bath!
(Those interested in learning about the fall workshops can visit Southern Exposure's website. It is located near Battle Creek, Michigan.)
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