Even from the parking area, there are azaleas in grand show.
A pyramid magnolia flanks the entry path.
A prominent feature in the gardens' design is the lake.
I chose a weathered table at the end of the lake under the shade of some bamboo and watched the turtles vie for a sunny spot on the rock in the lake.
My table was visited by a couple of damselflies.
On the west side of the lake is a rocky hillside full of wild columbine and white Silene caroliniana.
A bridge across the south end of the lake leads by a buckeye tree that stands alone as a specimen plant. It is currently in bloom and humming with bees.
At the edge of an open area beyond that, I found a sweetshrub. Some people call this a Sweet Betsy Bush (calycanthus floridus).
Along the various trails, I found flame azalea,
green and gold,
and lady's slippers
A woodland wildflower trail leads to the bamboo garden below the dam. There I saw a maidenhair fern
There is a bench amongst hostas and ferns that sits by the stream just below where the water is piped in from the lake. It's a great place for a little solitude.