All About the Pine Barrens!
Geographic Traveler as among the
"very best links for travel to the area"!
a short drive from Garden State Parkway Exit 13 in Cape
May County lies a piece of paradise called Leamings Run
Gardens. A visit to this enchanted forest left me refreshed
and with a renewed appreciation of the beauty that Mother
Nature has bestowed upon us. Twenty-five themed gardens
are surrounded by bridges, ponds, nooks and Leaming's Run,
a small creek meandering through the property. A broad pathway
through woodlands, ferneries and even a bamboo mini-forest
meanders between the gardens, offering a mile-long stroll
that won't soon be forgotten.
Hibiscus(rose mallows) framing this pond are almost in bloom
Frogs are just part of a lively ecosystem
here at Leaming's Run. Dragonflies are especially dominant
here, but butterflies and birds abound. August brings masses
of hummingbirds en route to their winter breeding grounds.
members of the PineyPower family enjoy the mysterious bamboo
III was fascinated by the small stone statue of a boy!
gazebo provides a quiet resting spot for visitors.
Benches are also located all along the pathways.
one room log cabin is typical of those built by whalers
who first settled Cape May County. A vegetable garden,
tobacco, cotton, peanuts and herbs grow outside.
chickens and even a peacock are in the farmyard!
Barrens is becoming a popular tourist destination. It offers history,
nature, boating and fishing, swimming, and most of all, peace and
tranquility. It's important to families who live here, whether for
a few years or many generations, that our peace and tranquility be
preserved. Keep in mind that the local lawyer or doctor won't look
any different than his neighbors. Thousand dollar suits aren't what
impresses people of the Pines - taking care of nature and fellow man
is what matters. To that end, it is important for you to know that
as a visitor to our precious Pine Barrens, you should show respect
for the flora and fauna, for the historical buildings or their remains,
and show respect for the "locals". Walk and drive gently.
Treat our Pine Barrens as you would would want a visitor to treat
your own home town.
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