Sunday, July 27, 2014

Showered With Flowers At VanDusen Gardens

FLOWERS UNCUT and rooted in gardens were the bouquets I enjoyed at VanDusen Gardens in Vancouver where my husband and I recently went to celebrate our anniversary.

We were delighted to be greeted by this couple clinging to each other in a lovely work of fluid bronze by George Lundeen called Departure.

Luggage beneath the man's arm indicates a journey ahead. The couple seem weary but content to wait on the bench for transportation that would carry them away to unknown destinations.

The pair fit our anniversary mood perfectly as did all the surrounding flowers, foliage and works of art scattered throughout 55 acres refreshed from the previous day's rain.

We were fortunate to be provided transportation in something that looked like a large-sized golf cart. Blankets were included should we want them.

The vehicle was driven by an enthusiastic volunteer guide who knew every tree and stem. Ironically, the area was once a golf course she explained maneuvering us with ease down the winding pathways.

Here are some of many sights we saw along the way, including a very important gardener (pictured at right) who is one of several keeping the landscape flourishing with flowers and greenery.

We saw a variety of water lilies in cream, peach and pink. Tiny droplets of earth must have splashed on the petals when it rained earlier.

We passed an endless array of blooms. Some were transplanted from different corners of the globe and some were native to the region.

I could happily sink into this plush patch of sweet scented clover.

I like how these heads seemed to organically grow from out of a stump. It was one of several sculptures on site from salvaged and recycled wood for the "Touch Wood" exhibition held during our visit.

This face is a regular at the gardens. I liked its wistful (or impish?) little smile.

The angel was only one of the fountains we saw at the site.

There was a maze where adventurers could wander looking for a way out.

I was fascinated by tall wooden figures at the edge of the lawn. I imagined they could be arranged in endless ways like giant pop bottles or chess pieces.

In the distance I saw the Korean Pavilion brought to Vancouver for Expo 86. Subsequently donated to VanDusen Gardens, it is maintained by the people of South Korea to this day. A closer look reveals a festival of patterns and color.

Above is a sample of the vivid designs giving detail to the structure.

This large creature, made from bed springs, once clutched a tiny rabbit sculpture that one day mysteriously escaped from its grasp.

This fellow, made of wood disguised as metal, seemed to glare at us as we went by. We were nearing the end of our journey. Soon it was time to go for a stroll and savor the park-like woodsy setting.

A deer appeared ... its antlers mimicking tree branches.

We returned to where time stopped for a couple. The two were so compelling and relatable. Whether the bond between people is brief or long lasting ... have we not all felt this at home in the arms of someone trusted and special?

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