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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

I visited Richmond VA for the first time today, where I saw the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (http://www.lewisginter.org/). Over 30 years old, this 50 acre facility with 16 gardens had the feeling of being very new. Perhaps that was because it is now past the summertime plantings and the ground crews are in the process of removing dead plantings and replacing them with wintertime displays. Naturally, the sky was cloudy and chilly most of the time I was there, but the sun came out just as I was leaving. Such is East Coast weather …

Conservatory seen from the Four Seasons Garden

Conservatory seen from the Four Seasons Garden

Conservatory

Conservatory

One wing of the Conservatory is dedicated to an orchid display.

Dancing Lady Orchid

Dancing Lady Orchid

Moth Orchid

Moth Orchid

I am often attracted to patterns I find in nature. One example are the veins and coloring of an unnamed broadleaf plant which I found quite dramatic.

Veins of a Leaf

Veins of a Leaf

Unnamed plant resembles a wallpaper pattern

Unnamed plant resembles a wallpaper pattern

Children's Wing of Conservatory

Children’s Wing of Conservatory

Plantings outside Conservatory entrance

Plantings outside Conservatory entrance

Japanese Chrysanthemum at the base of the Tea House

Japanese Chrysanthemum at the base of the Tea House

Another example of stark patterns in nature …

Variegated Leaf backlit by the sun

Variegated Leaf backlit by the sun

Woodland Walk in Flagler Garden

Woodland Walk in Flagler Garden

Finally, the sun came out!

The Tree House in the Children's Garden is seen across Snydor Lake from the Streb Conifer Garden

The Tree House in the Children’s Garden is seen across Snydor Lake from the Streb Conifer Garden

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