Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas at Meadowlark Gardens

Benny, Gillian, Walt, Mary, Mark

On Saturday night we went to see the new "Winter Walk of Lights" show at Meadowlark Gardens--my favorite garden to visit in Northern Virginia, which you probably know if you read this blog. This is the first year they have done this holiday show and it was pretty amazing. There is over a half mile of lighted trees, nature displays, lakeside lights,  and music. There was even hot cocoa and marshmallows for kids to toast over a fire.

It was really fun to see my favorite garden transformed into a winter wonderland and I loved how they followed the themes of the actual gardens--lighted flowers in the perennial beds, lighted butterflies in  the butterfly garden, little pink flower lights on the cherry trees, lighted mushrooms in the mushroom grove. There were even these cool lights that made it look like it was snowing. It was a perfect night, cold but not freezing, and we all enjoyed walking around the gardens and seeing the displays, and then  dinner at a nearby Italian restaurant. We decided this might be an annual excursion.

There were a lot of families walking around the park that night, viewing the lights, and I don't think I was the only one watching the little children, so joyful in this holiday setting, and thinking about those other little children in Connecticut. I'm sure every parent there was clutching their children's hands a little tighter this weekend.  Heartbreaking.

Perennial Gardens

Butterfly Garden


Strawberry Fields

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