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Friday, April 18, 2008

Shangri La Botanical Gardens!

Being close to nature always give you this fresh feeling. Nothing can beat the feeling breathing fresh air away from the polluted downtown of big cities. Shangri La Gardens and Nature Center has represented a place of beauty, peace and enlightenment. In Orange, Texas, a modern Shangri La has been recreated with the best of both nature and gardens. The formal Botanical Gardens contain more than 300 plant species in five formal "rooms” as well as four sculpture “rooms.” Adjacent to the Botanical Gardens is a bird blind which allows visitors to observe nesting birds in Shangri La’s heronry. The good thing is they are nestled within 252 acres in the heart of Orange, Texas, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is a program of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a private foundation whose mission is to improve and enrich the quality of life in Southeast Texas and encourage and assist education. The unique ecosystem of Shangri La presents an ideal opportunity to further that mission as well as carry on the vision of H.J Lutcher Stark, the man who originally developed it more than 60 years ago.

It is so nice just be away from the traffic and just spend the some hours looking at the garden.

or looking at the animals that live in the garden.

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