If I had to choose just one word to describe this garden it would be spectacular. I am a flower lover by nature, but today I learned to love not only the flowers in this wonderful garden, but the many rocks, waterfalls, retaining walls and animals all used to make this a one of a kind American garden. The garden itself was inspired by the Chinese landscape. Walter and Marion Beck began the garden back in 1930 and continued to add on to it until some time in the 1960's. The garden is currently owned and operated by a board of trustees. It cost a mere $5 per person to get in. You gotta get here early since it closes by 5 each day. The garden is open late Spring through early Fall.
There are several areas of the garden to enjoy. My favorite was the Channel Crossing bridge and the Point. Other areas of interest include the water sculpture, the mist waterfall, the Circular Grotto and Peony Tal. This is a great place to take pictures, enjoy a picnic and even paint a picture. I plan to come back with a good book and sit all day long in one of the many wooden chairs along the lake and read and soak up the sun.