What a fabulous day! Not only was I off from work and the weather was great, but I spent the morning at Davidson's Mill Pond Park and got to meet some really interesting gardeners - the Master Gardeners, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County (http://mastergardenersofmiddlesexnj.org/ ). The group was working diligently in the large garden but members took time out to show me around and explain their program.
I was really intrigued by their Circle of Thyme Herb Garden and spent much of my time there photographing and looking at the unique display. The herb garden is a circle within a circle with 13 individual gardens targeting specific categories. You can find anything from Octoberfest Brats & Brews which includes "German Beer" radish, caraway, and blackhart barley to The Passover Meal which includes horseradish, parsley, and eggplant. There is even a garden called Scratch Off which includes herbs to "ditch the itch" where you'll find balsam, catnip, borage, and lavender growing.
While all this growing is going on, you're surrounded by butterflies and bees actively going about their business. In fact, they were so active, it was difficult to photograph them. And, in addition to the feast for the eyes, the herbs give off a wonderful fragrance.