We are fortunate enough to have a beautiful Botanical Gardens, right down the road from us.
10 minutes from my house, tops and 10 from my daughter Ashley's house.
The last Friday in June, we set the day aside to have a workout, mother/ daughter time and a chance to visit this beautiful place.
Here it is! Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
This is the entrance into the gardens, from the front building.
It was a really hot day, but this fountain had a cooling effect.
Here we are walking towards the conservatory. This building has a few things that never change, but many other thing are there to surprise.
They had a butterfly exibit, inside, one area. I did not take my camera in, but outside they give you a big hint.
They were flying all around us and were so beautiful. I think I liked the ones with blue, on the wings, the best!
Now this next section had orchids and all sorts of tropical plants. Right up m alley, as I do Interior landscaping with tropicals! I got carried away with the photos, but will try to refrain from posting them all.
On to the conifer garden, where we enjoyed the cool of the shade and the breeze from the lake.
I love conifers. Must be my German heritage.
There were plenty of hydrangeas blooming, as well.
We went on and on, but I did stop taking as many photos.
My daughter did not want hers taken, this day, but here is one from a walk, in another park.
We went through the Japanese gardens and fed the fish, past towering Ginkos and along streams.
They have a bog area, where pitcher plants wait for the insects to go down their throats.
The rose garden was broiling hot, so we headed to another shady area, were the ferns and Hosta were carpeted with little mosses, between.
A lovely day, with much to see, calories burned, things caught up on and memories made.
Looking forward to the next time, we come!