The National Museum of the Pacific War or The Nimitz as it’s known locally, keeps expanding. A one day visit is not sufficient to absorb all the information and view all the exhibits. Maybe a younger person with lots of stamina would be more successful. Down the street from the original building is an open air museum with military vehicles and more exhibits in new buildings.
On this visit we were focused on a new garden, a Japanese Garden, behind the the main building.
The Garden of Peace was a gift of the people of Japan.
The climate in Japan is very different than central Texas, so plant selection must have been tricky.
Many of the plants used are favorites in the area because they are so hardy. A Crape Myrtle shades this spot.
With the raked white sand and a few small pines, the Texas plants look right at home.
A traditional style Japanese house can be viewed from the outside.
Looking back at the garden, we are standing at an opening in the wall that leads to a memorial area.
Hundreds of pictures of men and women who served during WWII are embedded in limestone walls.
It’s a quiet area with some traffic heard in the background.
It’s a wonderful tribute to fallen servicemen and others who served. But also, it’s a grim reminder of horrific suffering.
A screw propeller from a ship makes a fitting statue.
In Kerrville we visited the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at the AgriLife Extension Building.
In the above picture patches of different kinds of grasses are grown. Made we wonder how they keep the grasses from creeping into the other plots. Maybe our native Bermuda is the only one that is a monster.
Firebush (Hamelia patens) is a Texas Superstar plant. It is very heat and drought tolerant once established and will grow in almost any soil.
Plus, it’s really attractive with bold color.
A large grouping of another Texas superstar Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans) was stunning.
Pollinators, especially butterflies, love Dill plant.
And I love the airy structure.
Our one day outing was beneficial to choose gardens for our Master Garden class to attend. It was a beautiful cool-ish August day, which are normally rare. This year we’ve been blessed with many such days.
Thanks for taking this trip with me.
“Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy.” Ralph Marston