We ended up not going to the Huntsville Botanical Garden this year on National Public Gardens Day despite the lure of free admission because the weather was not very amenable to taking Benny–it promised to be cool and wet. We were all very disappointed, so we decided to go the first possibly opportunity, which was yesterday. It was Lulu’s ninth birthday, and we try to do something special on birthdays, anyway. Plus, the weather promised to be cool but dry, a winning combination for an Alabama springtime. My mother (Mamaw) went with us because if ever a person loves and appreciates flowers, Mamaw does. (Nevermind the fact that I’m still not too good at wrangling both the DLM and Benny solo.) I didn’t take as many pictures as I usually do since I was busy most of the time either pushing a stroller, holding Benny, or thinking about finding a place to nurse him. I did want to share a few good ones I got, most of which came from the Purdy Butterfly House.
The garden boasts rotating “exhibits” each year. This spring they have a “Giant Garden, Little Me, Great Big Things for Me to See” exhibit. There are giant-sized items all over the gardens. My children enjoyed playing with a gigantic checkers set while I took advantage of a human-sized picnic table in a shady spot to nurse Benny.
Hands-down, their favorite parts of the gardens are the water features. There are plenty of opportunities to get wet here. It was a cool, breezy day, so I really didn’t intend for them to get drenched. (Naiveté, thy name is Amy.) However, since the DLM ended up with a VERY wet seat minutes after disembarking from the van after he accidentally sat down in a mud puddle, I sort of gave up. 🙂 Plus, there are these really neat rocks that spout water that you encounter when you first enter the gardens:
It was a beautiful, good day, and it was capped off with a birthday supper with family for Lulu. What a blessing!