WILDWOOD PARK BRIDGEWATER, VIRGINIA
Above – Aruncus and Blue Hosta
I know everyone must think that Wildwood Park in Bridgewater, VA, is the only park that I know to go to. It really does offer everything that you could possibly want to find in a restful and relaxing park setting. Beautiful green setting, a river, dam, waterfall, beautifully maintained walking and bike paths, flowers along the way, pic-nic tables and shelters. It simply hands down is one of the best parks in the valley that I have been to.
Once a month at least I find myself on this side of the valley, the part that I grew up and lived most of my life in, before moving to Elkton, VA. Here in Elkton we have a river, however no parks as beautifully maintained and designed as Wildwood Park.
Wildwood Park, really has something for everyone, whether you just want a relaxing stroll, sit and read a book, bring your lunch or have a cookout or gathering. It is the best if you travel with a camera in your hand, as there are always too many choices to do photography. Wildlife abounds, especially in the water with ducks and geese, water birds various times of the year and always the sound of water crashing over the dam.
I have been asked many times, if the water is actually this shade of blue green? YES, it is, unlike a lot of rivers that are wide open on both sides, this river has a high ridge on the opposite side from the park, rocky and near veritical straight rise with a mixture of diciduous and evergreen trees growing up the steep slopes. The water’s reflections of these tree’s casts the blue green shades across the still waters flowing by. (vertical ridge can be seen in the pictures of the geese on the river above)
The beauty of this park is that no matter how often you go, you can always find something different to look at. For myself it is totally restful. This time, I found the Astilbe’s in bloom as well as the Aruncus, both are beautifully gracefull plants, as you can se the Aruncus are tall and graceful while the Astilbe, are low and dainty, but adds a splash of color in their situations, both very pleasing additions to the landscape. Below are the Astilbe, and Aruncus, at the tope of the post.
The Solomon’s Seal blooms, but the foliage and growth habit, is very appealing on its own during the season, as are the ferns, offest but the Heuchera (Coral Bells) epecially the golden varieties.
Above – Tradyscantia and Japanese Painted Fern