Today is another interesting outing with Rapunzel, but this time we act “less” foreign tourist-like than the last time. However, today is not any less embarrassing than the last time (when we have acted like a couple of foreign tourists) because of my incapability to use the selfie stick properly. XD Therefore, I will spare everyone the second-hand embarrassment of our selfies.
Today’s journey is a special case in which both Rapunzel and I have to make use of our great imagination for the majority of the time since, apparently, not all of the plants at VanDusen Botanical Garden have bloomed yet. Thanks, Rapunzel, for coming up with the name “A Journey of Imagination”. XD
It was raining a bit during the morning, but since none of us minded a little rain, we went forth with our plan to visit the garden. Fortunately, the weather got better as we walked through the garden.
However, some food first at Truffles Café. The service there resembles that of a school cafeteria. We just got a casual tea set for two. The cranberry turkey sandwich (with apple slices) were mildly sweet with a bit of a crunch.
Sweet desserts at the top…actually a bit too sweet for our liking. The strawberries were freshly great though.
For tea, we took a risk and tried the Fancy Rooibos. High risk, high rewards – the tea has a very comforting floral aroma with a fruity taste.
Despite that it is now mid-March, the trees are still asleep as if it was winter. Now, you see why we have to use our imagination?
There are many fields (from flowers to vegetables) such as this one at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. Therefore, those planning to visit the garden might want to visit at least a few more weeks from now better when there are more to see.
A lot of places at the garden would make one feel as if he/she has travelled to inside a fairy tale story book.
The woody ceiling above us belonged to a narrow tunnel (bad camera angle, but trust me, it is quite narrowed)…thank goodness, we saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
A couple pans of lotus flowers on one of many trails that we have walked through at the garden.
The pans of lotus flowers were one of more gimmicky things we saw at the garden.
Ah…I forgot to check what this type of flower this was called…it certainly reminds me of Halloween. Okay, I will just call the Halloween Flower Tree. 😀
There are many bridges at the garden, some are made of wood and some are made of stones.
Sometimes seeing tall trees such as this one (Coast Rosewood, by the way) makes me realize how insignificant all my troubles are compared to the great mother nature. I was actually tempted to climb it. XD
These heart-shaped keys (as Rapunzel described) are called Siberian Bugloss.
One of the many artworks located at the garden.
A closer look. We were actually wondering if people would just ignore the sign and climb on it anyways. Hm…I actually wanted to climb on this one as well. =/ It’s as if there’s magic to the words, “DANGER! Do Not Climb!”
A couple of good, old fashion Canadian Totem Poles….haven’t seen these in a long while (since my last high school field trip, maybe).
One of the many creeks that I thought I might catch a faerie if I managed to stay quiet enough. 😀
A “stone bridge”…really, we were just walking on pebbles.
Rapunzel and I kept passing this canoe. Every time we thought we were close to the canoe, it disappeared immediately in the next frame as we followed the pavement. Finally fed up, we just walked across the grass field.
But apparently, the canoe was one of those things that only looked good far away. Closed up, there was nothing but rain water mixed with dirt.
Crown Imperial. What a badass name.
The only type of roses that we got to see at the Rose Garden today.
Bells of Ireland are surprisingly one of my favourites today. I was debating whether I should buy the seeds to grow it myself, but dropped the idea when I saw the price of the seeds ($3 Cdn per packet)…and also, I thought it was probably too late to grow it now.
A closer look. Seems like the kind of flowers that would bring luck and happiness. ^^
A sun dial! Also haven’t seen a sun dial since my last high school field trip. The time is still moving accurately. A great wisdom of the ancients.
Trying to intercept time here!
The entrance of the Rose Garden. The roses are yet to be bloomed. Eerily, the stone arch reminds me of those I have seen at the graveyard. Maybe, it would look less like the graveyard if there were flowers.
This seems like an incomplete piece of artwork…not sure if it is supposed to be a dragon or a serpent.
I never knew these common looking leaves are called Dwarf Sweet Box. I like the name. It’s cute. 🙂
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms everywhere. It seems that most East-Asian plants are already in full bloom at the garden. See the tiny glimpse of the blue sky through the branches? The weather was finally getting better! Hooray!! ^^
Lovely lilies. ^^
A poetic tree…resembles falling stars from the sky.
The Korean Pavilion. Hm…no chairs at the pavilion.
Usually Korean pavilion would have more of the bluish and greenish colours. This differs from Chinese pavilions…if anyone knows his/her history (or even fengsui) well , then he/she would understand why one might rarely find any Chinese pavilions that would have the colour, blue.
Interesting translation…@___@ Hm…now that I think about it, I might have seen this before from one of my Asia-Canada Studies courses.
Now, time to enter the maze!
A bit of a bird’s eye view of the maze.
Inside the maze.
Took us around five minutes to find the exit.
Yes! Freedom at last!
Bees…it was supposed to be one of the main attractions today….but honestly, there really wasn’t much to see.
A sign that warns others not to enter the bee stations….of course. One would actually have to pay me to enter.
Walking down a few long sets of stone stairs, hoping to catch the sound of the waterfall.
However, after going back and forth on the staircase, we finally realized that this is the top of the “waterfall”….just that the garden staff forgot to turn on the water.
I don’t know why, but I think this staircase is beautiful.
The Meditation Garden.
There wasn’t much to see except for a gigantic rock in the middle of this tiny garden. I never knew there was an official garden club of any sort here in Vancouver.
This pond is fuckin’ ridiculous. It’s not a wishing well of any sort, yet people still dump their coins in it. In fact, while resting for a brief while (less than five minutes) near this spot, I have already seen two couples dumping down their money in the water. Honestly, the garden staff should just consider making this an “official” wishing pond.
Conclusion: There are truly a lot to see at the garden, despite of a few gimmicky things here or there. However, the best time to visit is probably a few weeks from now (unless you only care about the East-Asian plants, then sure, go). Also, it would take at least a few hours to appreciate everything fully.
Despite my failed photography skills, I will shamelessly put this under the photography category. No Photoshop this time. XD