Our visit was prompted by the addition of a koi pond and a Japanese Tea Garden. I had read that you could feed the fish and thought it would be a fun activity for the kids. We brought some quarters and little cups and they both had a great time dropping the little pellets in the pond. After that was over, they spent another two hours running up and down the paths, chasing dragonflies, smelling the flowers, and gathering sticks, and hunting for butterflies. It was a perfect morning!
Sophie by the waterfall in the greenhouse and with a little snail she found on the path
Looking for a four-leaf clover, but we never found one
Feeding the fish. It was a breezy day and the surface of the pond was pretty rippled, so it took awhile for the fish to notice the food. Luckily they eventually found it when Davey dumped in his cup all at once and started chowing down.
This kid doesn't like to hold still for pictures any more - he's always on the run!
I'm pretty sure the Tea Garden is meant to be a tranquil setting, but my kids thought it made an awesome playground. Luckily we were the only ones there so I didn't feel the need to reign them in, and let them have a little fun.
Attempt at a group shot
Davey refused to join this photo, but I love this picture of Sophie and Charlie