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Optical Illusion at Hamilton Gardens

From time to time I find myself in Hamilton and if possible always tr

y to fit in a visit to the excellent Hamilton Gardens down by the river in Hamilton East. These are internationally renowned gardens and for anyone remotely interested in plants, garden design or landscape

art, they are a must see. Usually there are busloads of tourists which doesn't detract from them in any way, but yesterday we had the pleasure of being virtually the only ones there.

The English garden is perhaps my favorite but the newly opened Surrealist Garden is quite something. As my daughter ran towards the supersized garden gate and wheelbarrow, it appeared as though she was shrinking as she moved across the lawn. It was quite surreal and I had her do it a couple of times.

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