Backyard Botanical Gardens

Beauty can be found anywhere within anything.

My backyard is pretty much an overgrown jungle. Nothing good grows back there. Or so I thought. As I was filling the bird feeder one morning last week, I turned and noticed I had a Cherry Tree! Who knew! Spring is in full bloom, so prepare yourselves for flower post overkill.

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Dogwood Trees at an Elementary school near my parent’s house.

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 Dogwood & Redbud Tree in my parent’s backyard.

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Norfolk Botanical Gardens

What a perfect Spring day! Rather than go to Lewis Ginter again, I decided to take a jaunt an hour and a half east to Norfolk. The map online made it look big, but I had no idea just HOW big! The brochure said it was 155 acres with over 12 miles of paths and walkways. I only saw about half there was to see. Which was just fine because not everything was blooming, so I plan to go back in a few weeks and see the other half, hopefully more will be in bloom by then.


Pretty daffodils and hyacinths greeted visitors at the entrance to the Visitors Center.

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Japanese Garden

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I normally try to avoid people in my pictures; I either wait for them to leave or I shoot from a different angle, but this was the angle I wanted and he didn’t look like he was going anywhere anytime soon. By the time I had moved for a different angle, he left. But I felt like keeping the human element in this one.

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Boat Basin


Fragrance Garden

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Daffodils! Lots and lots of daffodils!


The Hydrangea Garden was pretty barren, but I’ll be back!


There were some Magnolias in bloom though.


Friendship pond

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Camellia Garden – I’m not sure if they had bloomed early, or they just didn’t do well this year. Judging by the amount of petals on the ground I have to assume they were bloomed out and done for the year.

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Renaissance Court


I cut through on a path somewhere that wasn’t named on the map, so I’ll call it the yellow-moss road.


Statuary Vista

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There was an overlook (Nato Tower) looking over just about the entirety of the gardens, this was one of several vantage points.

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I love Forsythia!

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Random monkey-holding-a-bowl statue…there were numerous statues around the various garden, all bird-themed, but I thought this one warranted posting because of the odd, uncommon nature of it.


I think I was in the Colonial Garden and had my camera pointed toward the Conifer Garden.

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Nato Tower

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Path leading to the tower

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Flowering Arboretum

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This bridge was in-between gardens so it’s the “no name” bridge.


Bicentennial Rose Garden – nothing bloomin’, but I bet it will be spectacular come Summer.


One of the boats as it toured the gardens from the water.


Can’t wait to go back and see it in full bloom!