The first day of Fall (September 22). Sunny and 22 degrees. This was the first post I ever did, but it was published in a format I didn’t care for, so I have recreated it here so that in future we can look back and actually see the photos ;-)

Cornus kousa (Flowering Dogwood) has beautiful white or pink (and sometimes both) flowers in July , and raspberry- like upright berries in the fall.

The scroll beds by the Victoria Jubilee Fountain planted in deep pink Begonias.

The water looks inviting on this beautiful, warm and sunny day.

For a Scentsational surprise take a stroll by this Katsura tree (one of 4). The smell of cotton candy brings back memories of your youth. Found by the triangle at #11 of the Public Gardens map…. or by your nose.

A ‘hot’ bed which has generated a lot of interest this summer. The Lantana standard at the center, draws a lot of attention, but don’t get too close… It doesn’t smell as good as it looks.

Hard to decide which is the nicer display on this Sorbus aucuparia (Mountain Ash Tree) by Griffin’s pond. The white flowers in early Summer or the bright orange berries in the Fall.

Climbing Roses by the Jubilee Fountain with a Sorbus aucuparia (Mountain Ash Tree) in the background.

At 114 years old it’s hard to still call her a nymph. This lovely lady and her cherubs , found on the Jubilee Fountain , are due for some major renovations in the near future as part of the Victoria Jubilee Campaign.

The deep purple leaves of this Colocasia (Elephant Ears) make a huge statement in this glorious annual container by the Horticultural Hall.

An oasis in the heart of the city. A perfect place to hang out, have a bite to eat, sip a coffee… The Uncommon Grounds cafe in Horticultural Hall. You can even do some retail therapy and buy a keepsake of the gardens.

The urn supporting this spectacular display is also slated for restoration. But no one can blame you if you didn’t notice!

The sun shinning through the underside of these Colocasia (Elephant Ears) leaves reveals a magical surprise. Now you see, then you don’t .

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