Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Favorite Places & Gardens 2012, Pt. 2


I hope everyone is having a good week. We are having our January thaw now with some milder temperatures and sunshine.
It will likely all be down hill from there. LOL!

To continue the tour of my favorite “Places and Gardens” of 2012:


We visited the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Gardens on the James Madison University campus in Harrisonburg,Virginia the first of June. After a hard rain the night before the pond was muddy but the gardens were just beautiful.

Autumn Gold Maidenhair Tree




Indian Pipe





Then we went on to the Lewis Ginter Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia.

Lewis_Ginter_Conservatory2I fell in love with this place as soon as we entered through the gates. If you ever get a chance to see it I recommend it. The gardens are extensive and beautiful.






Wild Blue Yonder Roses

The Children's Garden and Waterpark


Fragrant Cloud Roses

The Butterfly Exhibit




The Rose Garden where the new roses are grown and evaluated.


Since there was so much visiting during 2012 I am going to have to make this into three parts. There was just too much I loved about these two wonderful gardens not to show a bunch of pictures of them.

Everyone have a great week and….

Happy Gardening,



FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Thank you for this little tour, nice to see on a rainy day.

FlowerLady Lorraine

pogonip said...

Exactly what I needed, Lona!

The roses are inspiring me to pick up a paintbrush and try my hand at some pink ones.

And that faux-painted cottage door! How cute would that be instead of the Plain Jane that I have into my garage right now--suppose I can talk my sweetie into letting me give it a whirl?

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Well that was as good as going on a trip to somewhere warm. See the archives do keep winter at bay.

Lovely shots, and happy gardening to you also.


Bonnie said...

Beautiful gardens. I've been to Richmond once - to a NASCAR Race! I managed to get my husband to tour some of the historical sites but we didn't get to any gardens. Guess I'll have to go back.

Janet QueenofSeaford said...

Think I could spend days in either place. The JMU Arboretum is one of my favorite places, fond memories of my kids going there.
Ginter Gardens is huge and always something to see.

Janneke said...

That conservatory looks amazing. Enjoyed again of your garden visits with such a professional pictures.
Looking forward to part III.

Tootsie said...

girl...you are one heck of a photographer!!! I am sitting here with my jaw on the floor at some of the beautiful things you have shared today! I wish for a beautiful place like these!!!
hugs and smiles dear lona...thanks for the visit this week!

Nadezda said...

Lona, how nice to remember summer garden tours! I love the waterfall, Conservatory is big and lovely inside.
Have a nice weekend!

Carolyn ♥ said...

Simply sublime. What my eyes needed to see this morning... we have a fresh coat of snow this morning.

Patsy said...

You have a wonderful blog and I enjoy it very much.I will be back to visit and comment sometime.
Thanks for your comment and it has been fun getting to know you.

My Little Home and Garden said...

These garden photos are so lovely. I especially like how the light shines through the green in the second one!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Wow, such lovely places! I can't decide whether seeing them was helpful to relieve the winter blahs, or if it made me long for spring that much more.

RobinL said...

Their gardens are indeed beautiful, but those roses made me sigh with longing for summer!

Kim and Victoria said...

Lovely pictures! It's so nice to see some color! We've been snowy and under an inversion for weeks now.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a garden. I could spend forever there. Thanks for sharing. I love virtually visiting.

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Beautiful photos. I especially love the Maidenhair Tree one.