Saturday, October 27, 2012

Today's Flowers: NC Arboretum in Asheville

Last weekend I visited the NC Arboretum in Asheville.
There were still some flowers in bloom and the trees were putting on a show too.
It was a perfect day for enjoying the garden and woodland trails that are a part of this arboretum.
I was surprised how many flowers were still blooming although there were also areas where the plants were sleeping for the winter.
I like the pitcher plants (shown below).
The pitcher plants were part of a water garden area.
The arboretum has 434 acres so it's quite extensive.
They have 65 acres of cultivated gardens.
They also have 10 miles of hiking and biking trails.
Although some of these shots don't include flowers I thought I'd give a tour of some of the garden and trails in this post.
The arboretum's Bonsai Exhibition Garden is very extensive.
The shot below shows how the bridges wind around for viewing the bonsai trees.
I don't think I've ever seen such a large collection of bonsais.
I fear this post is going to be rather long.
Even the parking lot was beautiful with the autumn leaves on the trees.
It was difficult for me to decide which shots to use for this post.
There were so many different parts to the garden and trails.
I'd like to go back in the spring and see their orchid collection.
In early April they have an orchid show and sale.
During the orchid show the educational center has thousands of different orchids.
When we were there they were having a chrysanthemum show in the educational center but there was so much else to see we didn't even go inside to look at that.


Raw Thoughts And Feelings said...

You have so many beautiful photos to see!

Indrani said...

That is a lot of variety for autumn.

DeniseinVA said...

The arboretum is full of Autumn color and your photos showcase it beautifully. Thanks for sharing it with us today and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

SquirrelQueen said...

I am amazed at all the beautiful blooms and fall colors. Thanks for the tour of the gardens.

Modern Mom said...

All are beautiful!

White Angel

My name is Riet said...

Your photo's are beautiful. I went to the arboretum this morning too and show some photo's today. I will keep some photo's for next time as I am not much out and about these days. Have a nice Sunday

Jidhu Jose said...

beautiful shots


Magdalena said...

Lovely pictures!

Luna Miranda said...

i enjoyed the series. the pitcher flower is really beautiful. i love seeing the fall colors--rich and bright.

Cezar and Léia said...

A feast of colours!
God bless you!

joy said...

A place I would love to visit:) Thanks for sharing this. Beautiful!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Such a beautiful place. We loved Asheville; it was one of the places where we thought immediately 'we could live here.' The purple-leafed plant is just beautiful (I remembered the name when I started this comment, but now I've forgotten -- I'll go back and look again ;>))

Mildred said...

Wonderful shots and great place to visit!
Thanks for sharing.
Hope you are having a great week****

Tina´s PicStory said...

wonderful flowers! :)

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