The Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Northern Virginia made for a beautiful, but hot, day of sightseeing. On a Friday in the summertime, I was surprised to see only about 3 other groups of people, which made for a much more appealing trip, as crowds can take away from the ambiance of trip. Though I did find the place to be relaxing and appealing, it did seem to be a little sparse on flowers- which is what I had expected to see going into it. Though from reviews online it seems that I may have just went at the wrong time of year. The flowers weren't supposed to be the main attraction, as just a short walk from the Information Building stood a Korean Garden with a Bell Temple and other interesting sculptural and architectural creations. Unfortunately the large log used to ring the bell is chained back, so visitors are not allowed to ring it. The tower looks to be modeled after California's renowned "Korean Bell of Friendship," which supports Korean American relations.
All in all, it was a great place to visit on a day trip, and a beautiful photo taking opportunity for either scenic pictures or personal portraits, they even host weddings and photography sessions (though it would definitely be easier to just bring a friend to take pictures).