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Blooming Wildflowers at Menzies Native Plant Garden

From late March to early June this feral retreat blooms with poppies, irises, blue and yellow lupine, Mariposa tulips, California lilacs, and much, much more -- a veritable Monet's garden of native wildflowers. The Technicolor splendor levels off a bit through August, and the autumn and winter months are fairly unimpressive. But nothing could be finer than passing a springtime afternoon among the rock walls, creek bed, oaks, and buckeyes of this lovely, meadowlike setting. (The aspen-shaded pond with its miniature footbridge is a particularly meditative spot, especially among artists and bird-watchers.)

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