Next he asked who wanted to go to the orchid garden that was founded by Raymond Burr (Perry Mason and Ironside – he lived here most of the time and is buried in the mountains near the garden). Most of us wanted to see the orchid garden so he stopped and gave us time to walk through it and arranged for those who didn't want to walk through the garden to wait in a cool shaded place by the garden entrance with fruit drinks served for free. Everyone was happy.
As a note though, the gardens were kind of pitiful. Very run down – not kept up at all and the heat was so bad that most of the orchids were dried up and dying. The wooden walkways needed to be repaired, they were bent and uneven, rotting around the edges in many places. Sections of the handrail were even missing. Although the pond was pretty and there were some pretty plants, I wouldn't recommend it! Not a great garden but we still had fun. I did find a few pretty orchids to photograph but it wasn't easy to find them – most of the orchids were not doing well.
While we were waiting for our group to walk through the garden Bill and I chilled in comfortable chairs with a cold glass of fruit juice. Big ceiling fans were overhead – it really was relaxing.