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As I said before, I really love gardens.
The Crystal Garden was built in an old public swimming pool that was on the second floor of a building. The Garden primarily features tropical plants.
Flamingos and other birds wander freely through the Garden.
While I was there, so many butterflies landed on a woman's arms and clothes that it appeared as if the woman were being attacked.
Two butterflies mating.
Many orchids were in bloom throughout the Garden,
which makes this a popular location for weddings.
At first glance, this almost looked like a large, floppy orchid. It has a large pouch behind. This flower grows on vines that are abundant throughout the Garden. If you look carefully, the back of another of these flowers is seen behind this one; there are greenish buds of two others at the bottom. From Sunset's Western Garden Book (2001 edition), I think this is calico flower (Aristolochia littoralis), a native of Brazil.
These parrots and other birds are allowed to fly through the conservatory. Other, more rare birds, are caged. Notice the koi at the far left.
David Ross home
To and Across Canada