We’re in the famous Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in nearby Seal Harbor. It was created between 1926 and 1930 by Abby and the renowned garden designer Beatrix Farrand. The Garden is now privately owned by the Rockefeller family.

Much of the Garden is surrounded by a Chinese tile-topped wall that contains various gates, which offer tantalizing peeks of the flowers and Rockefeller collection of Chinese and Korean statuary. The most famous portal is The Moongate through which can be seen a 17th Century Buddha Sakyamuni.

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Within and outside the wall are meticulously cared-for quiet areas for contemplation by people and hummingbirds.

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The central courtyard contains a rectangular stone wall and paths that are profusely planted with flowering specimens in the fashion of an English border garden.

The Garden is at its flowering peak in early August, but still has much to say for itself in September.

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For larger versions of the above images, as well as additional images of the Garden, click on the link below. (We recommend that your initial viewing be in full-screen mode, which can be achieved by clicking on the Slideshow [>] icon above the featured image in the gallery to which the link will take you.) Here’s the link for more: