The stonework pagoda is always amazing.
A path leads along the base.
Fantastic stonework throughout the gardens at the bottom of the old quarry.
I like the mix of silvery and green shrubs here but wonder about the use of cenizo which produces such beautiful blooms after a rain. Shearing them makes the blooms oddly lopsided. Silver Germander might be a better choice.
I don't remember what the arching silver plants in this bed are but I like the texture.
Fountain grass is one way we enjoy fall color in South Texas.
Deep green fig ivy outlines and contrasts the arched bridge with its surroundings.
The huge waterfall, which had been turned off for many years, was recently repaired and this was the first time for us to see it in operation.
Below the waterfall, the trail goes through a shady bamboo walk.
Following the path up the quarry walls. While the ponds are accessible, this part is more challenging.
The ponds had been recently drained and the stunning waterlilies are missing. I hope they are replaced in the spring.
Koi and turtles still inhabit the ponds.
Looking back at the stone pagoda from the observation tower.
More of that fantastic stonework in the tower overlooking the zoo.
The base of the pagoda.
The Jingu house where the artist and his family lived for many years.
Salvia leucantha or Mexican Bush Sage blooming beautifully.
Sometimes referred to as the "Sunken Garden" by locals, the name is applied to the ampitheater off to the left.
Our nephew Eric, visiting from Houston, inspecting the Opuntia microdaysis. A recently graduated electrical engineer, Eric has been curious about plants since he was in high school. Needless to say we enjoy his visits.
It's fun to revisit the gardens and check the changes with my old post. See this link for more information and opening times.