Walking through the Garden can work up a sweat, trust us, we know. Our 87-acres and 5 miles of trails can have you walking around for hours taking it all in. Thankfully many of our trails are pretty shady thanks to he Garden’s lush landscape. But if you find yourself in need of a little shade next time you’re visiting the Garden, remember these spots and head to the nearest one. Or even better, you can visit early in the morning or later in the evening and avoid the rays thanks to our extended hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Banyan Grove’s massive limbs and many leaves provide an umbrella of shade that keeps the area a couple degrees cooler than the rest of the Garden. Even better, it’s a significant portion of the Garden so it allows for multiple parties to seek refuge while still maintaining physical distancing.
The closest garden to the entrance, the Japanese Garden has ample shade and the sound of the koi pond provides a cooling relief as well. To top it off, the Japanese Garden is next to the Fuchsia Garden which also has ample shade so you can visit both areas while seeking relief from the hot sun.
If you want to be surrounded by beauty and covered in shade, the Amphitheater is a great place to sit and enjoy the beauty of the Garden under a canopy of trees. Especially stunning when the Trumpet trees or Cherry Blossoms are blooming, this is one of our favorite areas whether we’re seeking shade or not. You can also move into the Amphitheater Lawn for additional shady space and to take in a new beautiful view.
Garden for the Senses
This Garden is easily missed, but if you walk into it from Tram Road you’ll find a pathway that leads you to an oasis of shade as well as some of the few benches still available in the Garden. Take a rest and remember to use your senses to help cool yourself down by breathing in some fresh cool air.
Depending on the time of day, most of our meadows offer plenty of shade, especially the Hidden Meadow, Lower Meadow, Banyan Lawn and Amphitheater Lawn (mentioned above). They are especially good if you need a place to sit or lie down for a minute.
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