Yesterday I took a break from unpacking and did a quick walkabout in a very small part of Maymont Estate in Richmond. Maymont is a huge place, a former residence of the Dooley family currently open to the public, at least the gardens and some of the attractions in the estate...I don't think the mansion itself is open. I walked through the Italian Garden and then down to the Japanese Garden. To get to the Japanese Garden you walk down many steps and through a surrounding band of trees and then break out into a wonderful view of the garden, like discovering Shangri-La. The temperature was almost 100 so I didn't walk through the garden but stayed on the edge saving the garden walk for my next trip. The first image is that first view of the Japanese Gardens, the second is the waterfall staircase between the Japanese and Italian Gardens, the last image is the portico of the Italian Garden.
Japanese Gardens Photographic Painting of Japanese Garden at Maymont Estate in Richmond, VA Waterfall StaircaseWaterfall staircase from Japanese to Italian Garden Maymont Italian GardenPortico at Maymont Estate