Official Residence Gardens

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I can’t decide whether I should have known about this place sooner.   Would it have brought comfort or made me long for my garden?  It was definitely a wonderful place to visit last Thursday.  It is the now-open-to-the-public Official Residence Gardens.

Originally, the vast acreage was the main home of the Chinese leader who fled when the communists gained power (with the help of Russia).  He established a temporary, or so was his plan, government on Taiwan.  And either he or his wife liked to garden.
Of course, it will have changed some in the years since they were alive.  We (Natalie, Carlie, and Greg’s mom with me) spent two hours wandering around just gazing in appreciation and taking lots of pictures.

I immediately compared it to Buchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, which is billed as a 55 acre garden.  The Official Residence is supposedly about 40 acres.  It doesn’t have as much variation in height, seeing that it wasn’t built into a cement pit, but it is very well designed.

We were the only foreigners we saw there.  One elderly Chinese gentleman struck up a conversation with me.  He had been to a few places in the eastern USA during his years in the business world.  Several children on field trips said hello to me.  One asked in Chinese if we were Americans.  Another was apparently from a Japanese school.  He stood right in front of me in a friendly, but confident way and said hello.  I responded in kind.  When I saw that he stayed there continuing direct eye contact, I asked him how he was.  He then decided he was in ‘over his head’ and ran away laughing and calling “Sayonara!  That’s ‘good bye!’”

I think the best thing to do is just show you the pictures.   I hope you enjoy them half as much as I enjoyed being there.

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just a ‘small’ car port

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we didn’t follow these steps …

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making our way past the ‘official’ coffee shop

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we went this way first

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we couldn’t tell yet that this was the ‘tip of the ice-berg

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known as ‘Hot Cocoa’

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we did stop to smell the roses

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Carlie said, “I bet Chiang kai-Shek got to walk on the grass

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apparently a green sculpture of Chiang kai-Shek’s face

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a class field trip photo

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coming out from under and behind the sculpture

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must be a project in progress -

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another ‘garden room’ around every turn

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entering the pond area

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upon exiting the pond area

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translation pending??

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looking out from the vine covered tree

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this pond is in the center-front of the structure in the next photo

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and another pond

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the garden nursery under lock and key

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and for the wrap-up, big sticks…

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it’s interesting, but I preferred the flowers  :-)

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it was fun to walk through the garden with you!

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About Laura Blodgett

I am just an ordinary 53 year old woman having extraordinary fun!  My fun right now includes barefoot running, swimming, triathlon training, gardening, discovering how to be a grandma (going by the grandma name of "Lulu"), sewing, studying Mandarin Chinese, learning about the stock market, non-institutional Christian fellowship, cooking, and occasional traveling. Read more about me here!

  • Mom

    What a nice discovery! Very good photography! The walk w/you was fun. Thanks!

  • Heidi

    Beautiful album! It *almost* makes up for not being able to walk through it with you guys. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  • Amanda

    Another gorgeous green place. :)

  • Melissa

    How fun! What beautiful pictures! I’m sure you had such a wonderful time and I am glad. I bet you will even still have time to plant a few things in your own garden this year. That will be nice. :)