I have written about the Mission at San Diego on Travel Words but this post is to show you more of the gardens, which are a profusion of flowers and colours even in February. A lot of the planting is of drought-resistant plants such as the agaves and aloes and cacti. Colour comes from terracotta pots filled with pelargoniums, daisies and begonias. Palms and strelitzia add a touch of the tropics.

The Meditation Garden between the church and the museum is enchanting. Palms, bougainvillea, aloe vera and even roses are planted here. A place of serenity and calmness. Within the garden are crosses made from original mission tiles placed here in remembrance of all the Indian neophytes who died during the mission period and there are statues of St Francis, by a wishing-well, St Anthony and Junipero Serra, the founder of the mission.

If you want to escape the bustling city and harbour then take a trip to this Mission where you will find yourself in another time.

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