Day 8: Recap of Last Night’s BBQ + Japanese Garden!

Sunny skies, cool breeze, picnic blankets, watermelon, ice tea, lemonade, mac n’ cheese, BBQ, good company, a frisbee and awesome ‘slaw!…we couldn’t have had a more wonderful time at the MSI Barbecue last night!

Mingling at the MSI Barbecue.

Mingling at the MSI Barbecue.

It was all smiles and full mouths (but luckily not simultaneously) at the barbecue yesterday! With plenty of good food to eat and interesting people to talk to, last night was a hoot (even for the vegetarians, like myself!)

Looking down the table...

Looking down the table…something must have been pretty funny!

This morning we had another special activity, taking a trip down to the Japanese Garden at Morven! That garden never ceases to amaze. With its imported trees and woods from Japan and it’s large boulders taken out of the mountains of the Blue Ridge– you feel as though you’ve stepped out of Charlottesville and onto the cool, peaceful, mountainous terrain of Japan!

Meg leading MSI students around the Japanese Garden.

Meg leading MSI students around the Japanese Garden.

Once again, Japanese Garden Curator, Meg Faison, led us on an inspiring and informative tour around the garden.

Japanese Maples straight from the source! (Thanks Mr. Kluge!)

Japanese Maples straight from the source! (Thanks to Mr. Kluge!)

Lastly, I had to include this one since it’s filling the air with such a lovely smell…

The magnolias are starting to bloom!

The magnolias are starting to bloom!

 

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