Camp Carroll tour exposes soldiers to gardens of knowledge

by Park, Myeong-shin, USAG Daegu Public Affairs
U.S. Army

For as far as the eye can see Daegu city seems to produce nothing but gray skies these days. While the gorgeous blue skies and white puffy clouds are much more preferred, the real challenge comes in not allowing the dull and murky overcast to prevent one from getting out and enjoying the many wonders of South Korea. That’s exactly what the Camp Carroll Community Activity Center had in mind when it recently hosted a bus tour to the much talked about Suncheon Bay Garden Expo.
The outdoor activity was like a breath of fresh air, as blue skies beckoned the eager and excited USAG Daegu and Area IV community members to what appeared to be the land of infinite gardens. It did not take long before every participating visitor soon found themselves comfortably recharged and energized.  The change of scenery seemed to be just what the Solders and family members needed to escape from the gray sky doldrums.

Strolling about the Suncheon Bay gardens, one can be guaranteed the unforgettable sight of colorful, beautiful plants. However, there’s more to the gardens than just their breathtaking view. The gardens represent an educational place, as well. Amidst the endless sea of gardens, various cultures, histories and environments made themselves known to the curious spectator. Throughout the tour, community members melted into the crowds as they moved from place to place to catch a glimpse of the different species of plants on display.

The massive 274 acre garden grounds require a minimum of five hours to traverse –at least for those who would like to see everything in its entirety. Additionally, Suncheon Bay Gardens offers every outdoorsman countless attractions. In other words, there’s something for everyone at the gardens. That means there’s enough intrigue and curiosity to capture and maintain the attention of even the kids. For instance, there is a path shaped like a lugworm, and appropriately called “Lugworm Path.” The purpose of the path speaks to the value of the lugworm, and the important role it plays in the eco-system.

Under the bright blue sky a day at Suncheon Bay is almost guaranteed to provide visitors a chance to think creatively. Reflective of things found in the classic book “Little Prince,” there are baobab trees in the garden. For those who can recall, the baobab tree was dangerous, as it grew so rapidly. It turns out, however, that the tree is actually used for many purposes, and as was acknowledged by the Area IV visitors, added to the beauty of the gardens. Situated not far from the baobab tree was the Rose Garden, a beautiful display inspired by the garden in the highly acclaimed ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ With more than 30 kinds of roses –including the Gold Reef, Golden Fleece, and Bella, the garden filled the senses with simply mesmerizing smells.

Not to be ignored, the Italian Garden captured the attention of the visitors, as well. Its balanced and neatly manicured layout beckoned almost every passerby. For some, however, revelations of the garden did not come as a complete surprise, as the image had been modeled after the famed Medici Family’s garden during the Renaissance.

Suncheon Bay can best be described as amazing. A vision of beauty, the harmony and combination of little bushes and big trees can be categorized as nothing les than ‘art’. For some members of the USAG Daegu and Area IV community, the garden visit will most likely be long remembered as simply unforgettable.

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