Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Virginia's Arboretum - Hidden Treasure

Blandy is the "old" name for the Virginia State Arboretum.
Have you been there?
No? Then your life is not complete.

The entrance sign on Route 17 is easy to miss.
Driving in through rolling lawns and scattered trees
everything is cool and understated.
Heaven on a hot, dry day.

I was happy to stop in for few moments rest on a long road trip.
The long drivewayds with bright gardens full of 
flowers and herbs surrounding the parking lot.

Even in the scraggly garden season of September
the beds were so neatly cared for.... just delightful!

I wish my phone took better photos - 
this is such a fun little garden:
look closely and you'll see tomatoes behind the zinnias.
(Just like in my own garden!  Who knew?)
Behind the sunny flower  & herb gardens
are long, cool paths along stone walls....

I really am mad for stone walls.  
There are NO stones in Virginia Beach.
People buy stones. Expensive stones.
This wall is worth a fortune.......
but I digress...

But the real treat is the wonderful main building.

The arches. The screened porches..... the stone walks.
The general air of tranquility and gentility.

I had the pleasure of staying in this building
years ago - in one of the upper rooms 
whose windows you can see here in this photo.
Really, horticulturists get to hand in the most wonderful places!
The arboretum wasn't my destination on this trip - 
but it was a treat to wander the grounds again
even if for only a few minutes.

1 comment:

  1. what a treasure! and delight to have had the chance to stay in the charmed space of those upper rooms....not to mention a good ol' garden meander...nothing better than that.


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