When a gardener goes to the Outer Banks of North Carolina,
She chooses a route that will take her through Charlotte, North Carolina.
In Charlotte, she fulfils a long-time dream to see the gardens of Elizabeth Lawrence.
It's just down the street from Wing Haven, so she of course checks those gardens out, too.
Finally, she makes it to the Outer Banks and the first thing she does is go back across the bridge to check out the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, North Carolina.
There she finds that hydrangea flowers are blue instead of the pink she usually sees around her own garden.
The next day she goes up the coast to Corolla, North Carolina to see the sights and finds a lovely wildflower garden in Currituck.
In that garden, she sees a plant that has more bees on it than she has ever seen in her entire gardening life.
On another day, she visits the North Carolina Aquariums to seek some relief from the heat and sees a nice martin house on display. It reminds her that she wants one of these in her garden.
Once inside the aquarium, she sees lots of fish, but is pleased that some of the displays include lots of plants.
Of course, she looks in the travel guides for "garden centers" and finds one in Kitty Hawk to visit.
Before her vacation ends, she drives south to Cape Hatteras to climb up to the top of the lighthouse. Halfway up she sees a sign that she thinks is a good reminder for times when she is out in the garden. "Please pace yourself".
Once she is at the top of the lighthouse, she decides that the view was worth the climb, just like the garden is worth the effort.
The whole week she is vacationing at the Outer Banks, she sees many plants that she doesn't know the names of, but does recognize Gaillardia growing where it is very dry and sandy and makes a note that perhaps she should grow these in her droughty garden.
Finally, when a gardener goes to the Outer Banks, she looks to the east and north across the ocean and wonders if that is where the next place is that she should go to see gardens.