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This complex is set on a 35-acre garden setting with lagoons, lawns, and a gold-sand beach. As we daily walked through the garden to reach the beach or the front desk, we were amazed at the beauty. The former owner, Mrs. Moir, had started the garden when this was a sugar plantation. She had discovered that cactus and succulents thrived in the area's arid setting. Many of these plants still survive along with orchids and bromeliads in a special section of the garden.
By 1948, these gardens had drawn international attention. The Moirs received many requests for garden tours and in 1954 they officially opened the gardens to the public.
As I took a picture walk on our last morning on the island, I was in awe of all the specific plants. Things were beautiful. This was the winter season and still everything was lush.
This is a picture of the resort's Plantation Garden Restaurant. Notice the large cactus growing right beside the building. The paths led in and out around all these beautiful plants.
There are also a variety of historical artifacts that Mrs. Moir collected throughout the years. She converted this marble butcher table into a garden bench to use as a place to rest while doing her gardening.
We only spent three nights on this island, but we experienced so many amazing sights. Tomorrow I will share our own special lanai (patio) and the view we had. A hui hou (until we meet again)