Elizabethan Gardens… Manteo, Outer Banks North Carolina

 

Next up on our Outer Banks day trip? The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo.

But first?

Some rocks…

 

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You’re welcome.

From Nags Head to Manteo?

 

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Scenery.

 

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Scenery from a bridge.

 

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More scenery.

How’s that for detailed description?

 

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The Gardens were recommended to us as a must stop… so we did. Even though it was off season and very little was blooming.

 

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Gardens without flowers? Let’s go!

 

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It was a pretty spot… with lots of different areas to explore.

 

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They were in the middle of their annual Christmas light show….

 

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So of course we went in the middle of the day when the sun was shining.

 

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There was an impressive set of gates.

 

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Neatly trimmed boxwoods…

 

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And Queen Elizabeth I.

 

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There were paths with balls…

 

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And paths with statues.

 

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And some extremely large butterflies.

 

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Funky Christmas lights were everywhere.

 

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And I’m sure it would have been quite pretty….

 

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Had we been there at night.

 

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Okaaaay.

Not sure what that was all about, but I don’t like peas either….. so, huzzah!

 

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There was a lonely ruin of something.

 

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And a man shivering in the cold wind.

Oh, wait. That’s the husband…. I didn’t recognize him from the front.

 

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There were fountains.

 

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And ass ends of statues.

 

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Surrounded by tightly trimmed bushes.

Stop snickering…. I know where your mind went.

 

 

There were creepy garden gnomes.

 

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And an indoor butterfly garden…

 

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With no butterflies.

 

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But plenty of fluffy gnomes.

 

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Garden path U turns…

 

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And yay!

Finally something was blooming.

 

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There were also the type of Christmas decorations you only see down south.

 

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Wouldn’t be much point of laying these on the ground up my way.

 

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But there was an impressive old tree.

 

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And yes, I do mean old.

 

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Now that’s a senior citizen!

 

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More paths…

 

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More decorations….

 

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A courtyard….

 

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A gift shop….

 

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And a fellow with a wilder hairdo than me after the windy pier.

 

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By this time we’d looped back around to the beginning.

But not before we learned a few things…

 

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About bees.

 

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In case you’re wondering, Maine’s state insect is also the honeybee. Although we designated it as such in 1975.

Long live the bee!

 

 

And plagiarism apparently.

28 thoughts on “Elizabethan Gardens… Manteo, Outer Banks North Carolina”

  1. What a beauty of a garden there River, oh and thanks for the shot of the rocks. I was beginning to go through withdraws, lol. Peas aren’t that bad, seriously I’d eat an entire crate of peas before I touched one, just one sprig of cilantro, yuck!

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      1. Ugh, how do I even begin to explain my hatred of cilantro. But, for me it’s kind of a taboo type thing since, 1) I’m Hispanic, 2) I live on the border in a predominantly Mexican/Hispanic culture-population, 3) when I ask for restaurants NOT to include cilantro in my food, they always seem to ask. “are you serious?” So I agree with you, bleh!

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  2. Bettie was some fancy pants socialite in the area. Probably left money to the gardens and her son, clearly not left enough money to his own, what with being a Kellogg and all, has erected this mother-shaming sign in her honor.
    Anyway, that is lovely and I did not see that and I want to see that and if I’m there in the winter, I want to go at night to see the twinkly lights and otherwise, I think July would be good again.
    Indiana’s state insect is the firefly, which we call lightning bugs. This is very recent, by the by, as we did not have a state insect when I was in school, nor when I taught school.

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