A Stroll through Savannah

Last month, my husband and I visited Savannah and Charleston.  We had a lovely time exploring these southern gems steeped in history, especially the charming parks, gardens and squares.  There is plenty to see and do in Savannah from strolling along the riverfront shops, hopping on a historic trolley, to savoring great southern cuisine at one of the many restaurants. There’s something for nearly everyone and especially for a foodie and gardener like me. 

My favorite Savannah treasures have to be the sprawling Forsyth Park lined with huge live oak trees and the many charming squares which are the absolute essence of Savannah and define the historical neighborhood wards. 

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite botanical sights from Savannah!

view-of-the-fountain

Forsyth Park

 This enchanting fountain draws people to the northern sector of the lovely 30-acre, Forsyth Park.  The fountain was added in 1858 and is similar to parisian fountains of that period.  The tree-lined, alley leading to and from the fountain is spectacular at sundown.  The park is also home to a cafe and children’s area.

spanish-moss-in-the-park

The spanish moss growing on the Live Oak trees offers an eerie beauty that is only seen in the more mild climates of the southern U.S.  They truly look like magical giants swaying in the breeze.  ( Spanish moss is not actually a moss.  It is a flowering plant in the Bromeliaceae family. So it is a member of the diverse family of bromeliad, which also includes the pineapple.)

near-the-nathaniel-green-monument

Johnson Square

Each square in Savannah is unique.  Most have a monument and plenty of benches to welcome you to rest for a minute or maybe all afternoon.  The Nathanael Greene monument is located in this square.  The 50-foot tall monument is only shadowed by the magnificent live oak trees.   (Just a quick bit of history.  Brigadier General Greene was second only to George Washington in the American Revolutionary war.  Greene was a renowned strategist and played a pivotal role in a number of battles in both the north and southern colonies.  After the war, he and his family lived in Savannah.)

chippewa-square
Above and below are photos from Chippewa Square.  This may be one of Savannah’s most famous squares.  It is located in the center of the historic district and just happens to be the location where Forrest Gump sat with his box of chocolates and shared his many adventures. This is one of my husband’s favorite movies, so it was a must see spot.  (Note: You won’t find the actual bench in the square.  It was a movie prop and is now on display at the Savannah History Museum.)  

live-oaks-in-the-square

 (Photo below)I hate to admit it, but I’m uncertain which square this photo represents. There are 22 of the original 24 squares still remaining and well, my notes may not have been the best.  It seems my mind was certainly on vacation.  However,  I loved the variegated leaf pattern of the plant below and the benches placed along the pathway.

benches-in-a-square

Below is a snap shot from Savannah’s riverfront.  This portion is tree lined and offers a bit of a gentle buffer for the unique shops dotted along the waters edge.

riverfront

While I’ve only shared a few photos of the 22 squares and  just a glimpse of Forsyth Park and the riverfront, there is so much more to see and experience.  The historic residences, inns and converted office space is equal to the beauty of Savannah’s many green spaces.  I couldn’t resist sharing the photo below of a local law office. The spanish moss draped along the sprawling branches just looked to perfect against the backdrop of this stately structure.

law-office-with-spanish-moss

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Savannah, then I highly recommend you add it to your bucket list.  It’s a perfect stop for a long weekend.

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