I planned out my trip with some great mid-point stops. I had never heard of the Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, but it was the perfect distance for my lunch break so I thought I would check it out.

The gardens were beautiful and I appreciated the labels identifying all the trees, shrubs, and flowers. I’ve been trying to keep a log of all the birds, bugs, and wildlife I have seen this year and having labels is much easier than trying to search the internet for photos.

The Japanese garden was beautiful and it was fascinating to see the collection of bonsai trees. There was a bonsai of nearly every tree that I could name from redwoods to red maples. A few of the trees even had flowers on them, which was unexpected!


My favorite garden by far was the rose garden. It might not be what you’d expect if you were thinking of the garden in Alice in Wonderland though. They had nearly every variety of rose I could think of and dozens of ones that I didn’t even know existed. It was interesting to see the various petal shapes, arrangements, and colors.

The downside of the garden was that it was right next to the highway. Even though there were a number of fountains and a creek near the property, the sound of traffic somewhat diminished the relaxing atmosphere. I may have just hit the garden at a bad time of day since it seemed like they were doing some yard work.

All-in-all, I was still glad I made the stop. It was a good place to stretch my legs and the gardens were well cared for and delightfully planned out. I also spent enough time there that I missed the other place that I was going to stop though I’ll probably catch it on the way back.