Living the majority of my life in Utah and Colorado, I would never expect to find a blossoming garden nestled in the deserts and mountains. Having recently visited the elaborate parks and gardens of the Pacific Northwest, I decide to explore the Thanksgiving Point Gardens in Lehi, Utah. Expecting to find mostly desert plants, I’m pleasantly surprised to find this garden has its own unique character and style. Want to see more of my discoveries? Follow me as I retrace my steps along the pathway of the Thanksgiving Point Gardens:
My first steps along the 50-acre gardens take me to the Waterfall Ampitheatre. As children run past me on the hillside, I navigate my way around to capture a quick photo of the largest man-made waterfall in the Western Hemisphere. Although I’ve experienced massive waterfalls in Portland, Oregon, this one is nothing short of impressive.
On my way to the Secret Garden, I get sidetracked and end up at the Italian Garden. I don’t see this as a setback, however, as I walk among the perfectly shaped shrubs and bushes. The staircase of fountains captures my attention as I find the best angle for a photo. I’m amazed to see how carefully its arranged as the water descends from each stone tub.
Arriving at the Secret Garden, I’m taken back to my memories of the childhood book I cherished as well as inspiration for my own future garden. Gently pushing the wooden door open, I’m thrilled to find climbing roses and ivy covering stone archways. The stone walls and groups of purple, blue, and pink flowers are everything I imagined in an English garden.
My next destination within the gardens takes me to Vista Mound, where I can find the best view overlooking the gardens. Among the Grecian columns, I look out to see more children playing on the green hillsides at the garden’s entrance. Below, I can see the Rose Garden and head down to spend time in the yellow, white, and red rose bushes in full bloom.
After I’ve spent enough time in the rose bushes, I head to my last attraction before I leave the Thanksgiving Point Gardens. At the Monet Lake, I feel like I’m in a miniaturized version of the Giverny Gardens. I take a few moments to soak in the sunshine, lily pads, and hanging baskets of colorful flowers. Although I had no expectations for a garden in the deserts and mountains with a variety of destinations and styles, I’m glad I took the time to find this jewel in Thanksgiving Point.
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