A sure sign of Spring is when you are ready to visit a botanical garden. We have travelled south and east a bit, to visit friends in Virginia Beach. They live near the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, which we always enjoy strolling through on a sunny, cool morning.
The gardens are famous for their azalea forests, which were the focus of the original plantings. While a few of the azalea’s were in bloom, most had gone by. Some rhododendrons and kousa dogwood were adding color and light to the woodland paths. The roses were fragrant, and some of the early perennial flower beds were waiting to delight us. All paths return to the gift shop, which is worth browsing.
Having worked up an appetite, we were ready for the soft-shelled crab sandwiches, which happen to be in season. Good to take a couple of hours walk first.