Bravo Lake Botanical Garden

This lovely spot is along the lower edge of the levee (not sure that is the right term) of this lake.  It was started in 2004 and is, as we understand it, an all-volunteer activity. We talked some with Mr. Jimenez who, with his wife and possibly others, started the park. He is a retired farm adviser for the University of California and grew up in this area. He was very knowledgeable!

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DSC_6638 We saw many of these fans in the citrus groves. This one marks one end of the garden.

DSC_6645 From the levee on the right of this picture to the road on the left of the picture below is not a very wide area but the garden stretches about 2 miles along this space.

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The park had just about everything you could imagine from fruit trees to banks of roses in every conceivable color.  It was a wonderful place to walk.

DSC_6239 DSC_6243We were delighted that the signs were bilingual but guess that is not really too surprising in CA. Bob said he did not realize Keats was Spanish.

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Bananas and chickens – just about everything!

DSC_6293 Bob took this picture from underneath a grapefruit tree.  Mr. Jimenez invited Bob to take a grapefruit, a lemon and a banana home the first time we went.

We had never seen a bee swarm. Mr. Jimenez said this one had been twice this size the day before. Apparently, a queen takes part of the swarm and moves somewhere else.

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