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.
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.
Daffodils! Lots and lots of daffodils!
The Hydrangea Garden was pretty barren, but I’ll be back!
There were some Magnolias in bloom though.
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.
I cut through on a path somewhere that wasn’t named on the map, so I’ll call it the yellow-moss road.
There was an overlook (Nato Tower) looking over just about the entirety of the gardens, this was one of several vantage points.
I love Forsythia!
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.
Path leading to the tower
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!