I snap way too many pictures. So many that they don't find their way into a blog when planned while snapping! The Saint took me to the Georgia Botanical Gardens in July 2008 and I am just now weeding through the pictures I snapped that day. I will start off with the fact that it was to be a cool day for July in Georgia so I was really excited for this adventure. The Botanical Gardens are located in Athens, GA which is home to the University of Georgia, hence the Bull Dawg in the first picture. These Dawgs are all over town and strangely painted. I assume by the Art Department of the school but who knows. I had better things to focus on that day then painted dogs...
Before I take you to the Gardens, let me tell you a few facts that we found interesting when we hid from the heat in an Air Conditioned spot. The Ware-Lyndon House is a 1850 house which has been restored and furnished with period pieces and museum items as well.
Look at this beautiful tree on the grounds of the house! I am so small standing beside it...
If you read this, you will learn that The Ladies Garden Club of Athens was the first such club in the nation! I had no idea did you?
We also learned that Moina Belle Michael is the Poppy Lady. Moina was a school teacher in Athens, GA which founded the Memorial Poppy Flower. We still see them today handed out in memory of fallen in time of war. Read about the interesting story by Clicking Here.
You Flower lovers and Book Readers may find this book a interesting read as well.
Now off to the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia we go. This 313 acre preserve was set aside by the University of Georgia in 1968. It has 5 miles of woodsy walking trails, Vegetable, Herb, Shade and Bog Areas as well as other gardens. The 10,000 sq ft Conservatory is filled with lush Tropicals. And the Air Conditioning felt wonderful as the weather man was incorrect and the humidity climbed that day. We did not see but about half of the Gardens and do plan to get back there again some time in the future.
I spotted this beautiful Flower which I had never before seen. This Angel Trumpet bloom was about the size of a dinner plate! I was in awe of its beauty. Since seeing this one, I have seen many in other Gardens while visiting other Garden Blogs in the past year. To include seeing Tina's in person while visiting at Tiger Gardens.
These pictures are not in any order as some are in the Conservatory while some were snapped outside. I have no idea what most of the plants are as I did not take notes.
So lets just stroll along and admire the beauty while trying to guess the names of the plants and blooms. Ah, the water feature was so soothing to the soul.
Salmon is a beautiful color in a flower.
Such a full spot of greenery in different shades.
Yes, I sat on that bench and soaked up the surrounding beauty!
Is this a toad lily?
I did not see the bumble bee until I loaded the pictures. What a bonus!
It was hot in the sun that day.
The Lower Herb Gardens.
Orchid or Lily? I think an Orchid but they do look similar don't you think?
I really liked the Bleeding Hearts. They are so dainty looking.
Have you ever seen a larger Fern then this one? I was captivated by its size and stood there in amazement until the Saint dragged me away from it.
I find flowers which bloom from the top to bottom and bottom to top interesting. If not for the tiny flowers, I would think this to be wheat!
Hum, wonder if the birds like these?
Jack in the Pulpit.
Woodsy pathway with 5 miles attached. No, we did not walk much of it. Too hot that day but would be a great fall or springtime walk.
Some type of water plant as it was in the rain water run off ditch.
Red Beauty amongst the lush greenery.
I was shocked as to how these blooms stood tall with such a slender supporting stalks. What are they?
Are these poppy's or some type of Hibiscus?
My cats would love this inside jungle.
And last but not least, the Crepe Myrtles. I bet they were planted at the same time but look how different with their bloom times.
It was a beautiful sight in the GEORGIA BOTANICAL GARDENS, but a bit too hot for me that day. On a cooler day, I hope to get back In the Garden...