Sunday, August 12, 2012
Field Trip: Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo NC
This is a charming garden. You are greeted at the entrance with a small scale, crenellated castle wall entrance (top photo), and meander down brick and unpaved paths to encounter both antique and whimsical statuary (find the gnomes! And see a depiction of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World). (By the way, the name of my current home state, Virginia, is derived from Queen Elizabeth, known as "the Virgin Queen"). My favorite part of the garden was the sunken garden (third photo). This garden is enclosed in a hedge, so you cannot fully see it until you enter it, a "surprise" effect I enjoyed. This garden is actually ringed with a double hedge- you can walk the paver path in the middle of the two hedges, and come to cleverly designed opening in the hedge, maintained by an arched trellis-very lovely. An ancient Italian fountain is at the center, and it is ringed by statuary.
Admission is $8 and well worth it to support this lovely garden. One more note: it is advised that visitors bring mosquito repellent. We did not have much trouble with bugs, perhaps due to the weather, but were also sprayed up (soon I will be posting on effective herbal mosquito repellents, so stay tuned!)