My husband and went to Ithaca, NY on our anniversay last week.

We love to go and sit near the willow trees on the side of Cayuga lake and take in the beautiful view.  

While we were there we decided to visit the Cornell Plantations.

 

 It is a part of Cornell University which includes a 25-acre botanical garden that features 14 specialty gardens, including Herbs, flowers, heritage vegetables, international crops, rock garden plants, rhododendrons, peonies, perennials, ornamental grasses, ground covers, and plants with winter interest.

 It was an amazing place.

  We only had a short time to spend there but it was filled with the sights and scents of gardening.

The grounds were so beautiful.

 

I especially loved the Herb garden which included many common as well as uncommon herbs that are used for spiritual practices, and rituals.  I found it very interesting.

  They landscaped with locally found stones and they included the construction techniques used in upstate New York.

 There is a 150 acre arboritium there which I can’t wait to go back and walk through when we have a lot more time to spare.  I am sure it will be quite a treat.

  We often visit Ithaca for a walk around the gorges or to sit by the lake but now I think this will be one of the places we visit often as well.

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w-purple1Yesterday (6/14) I spent a picture perfect day with 4 friends at MacKenzie-Childs.w-sign It is located on a 65-acre former dairy farm overlooking Cayuga Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. This was the weekend of their barn sale.  People from all over flock there to get deals on pieces from the MacKenzie-Childs collection, which consists of handmade, hand-decorated majolica pottery, tile, furniture, and accesories. Along with their barns full of items, there is a beautiful farmhouse that is completely decorated with their artful furnishings. When you take the tour of the house you are dazzled by the décor and the 1870’s structure as well as the picture perfect view from each and every window. That is the reason I am blogging about it.  The grounds were well kept and the gardens were lush and pleasant.  They overflowed with so many different flowers I can’t name or describe them all. But I do have pictures and a picture is worth a thousand words so I will just let the pics do the talking. 

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After enjoying the scenery and the shopping we headed to a little restaurant named Pumkin Hill Bistro in Aurora. There we sat on the back porch of another old farmhouse and took in the nature filled scenery.  A scrumptious lunch and some decadent deserts and we were on our way. 

w-bird  We stopped at Bet The Farm, which is a cozy store that sells foods and Finger Lakes wines.  It was quaint and welcoming ~ fresh flowers filling the shop with the scent of peonies and roses.  Nancy Tisch, the owner, welcomed us with a fun wine tasting, crackers with tasty spreads and talk of her garden.  Of course I couldn’t help taking photos of the rose covered picket fence that surrounded her store.  Again, I will let the pictures do the talking.    

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 It was a wonderful day spent with good friends.

 

 

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Friends are flowers in the garden of life. ~ proverb