3.05.2013

South Texas Botanical Gardens And Nature Center

While on a trip to Corpus Christi, I was privileged to visit the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.  What a delight it was for me.  I never imagined what beautiful sights would be found there.  It was very hot that day but it didn't keep me from enjoying the gorgeous blooms and wildlife.
                  Every direction I looked there was something to make my camera happy.  
Every direction I looked there were beautiful textures, colors, sounds, and scents  to experience.
The gardening ideas abounded.  I was so inspired by the plantings and the placement of water features.
I found plants that I definitely want to add to my water garden at home.  Seeing pictures just doesn't do this plant justice.  It was so very pretty and I will be looking to add this one to my pond.
If I could only use one word to describe this garden I would probably choose plumeria.  Oh the plumeria were gorgeous and huge!  I didn't know they got so huge.
There were so many different plumeria that it boggled my mind.  Oh how I wish I could add some of these to my garden.  Sadly they just don't agree with my zone 8 and some years zone 7 garden.
I may just have to add them as potted plants.  Maybe if my green house gets finished this year that can happen.  We will just have to see.
The rose garden was beautiful in this garden too.  There was a beautiful pavilion near the rose garden where one could find shady respite from the hot sun. It was the kind of place that I could easily imagine beautiful black tie garden parties or even a wedding taking place.
The pavilion and the fountain that was close by were very grand and I felt such a sense of peace there in the shade enjoying the gorgeous roses.
 After a bit of rest at the pavilion I headed down the path and around a bend only to find some delightful garden art.  This piece made me laugh and yet it really is great because not only is it art but it serves a purpose in the garden too by offering a spot to sit and enjoy the garden around you.
This thirsty guy was located under a bit Texas sized windmill.  It caught my attention even more than usual because of the drought our dear state has been in the midst of this year and last.
There were several spots where you could hide in a blind to observe and photograph the wildlife in the area.  What a great place to spend a few hours watching wildlife.  If I lived near hear, I could easily see myself coming back just for that.
There was also a butterfly house located in the gardens.  Another place I could easily see myself whiling away hours taking pictures of the gorgeous flowers and butterflies.
I love catching these beautiful creatures on film.  They are like flying flowers.
Another highlight of my tour of these gardens was the orchid house.  There were so many orchids that I was amazed.
This was another spot that I could easily spend hours taking photographs.  There were so many different kinds of orchids blooming and so many colors.
Some of them were so perfect that they didn't seem real...I didn't touch them though.  I was careful to walk past and not touch.  I have been given to understand they do not like to be touched.
I didn't take the time to research that bit of information but I guess it doesn't matter too much because I do not try to grow orchids.  I stay busy keeping my bougainvillea collection.
I was also thrilled to find beautiful pet birds sprinkled all through the gardens.  Oh  how I would have loved bringing some of those sweet babies home with me.
If you are in or near Corpus Christi, I would definitely recommend that you stop by the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.  This is a beautiful garden with wonderful features that are sure to delight you and your family no matter what age.  Be sure to bring your camera!
Until Next Time
Debbie
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1 comment:

Beauty Balm said...

What beautiful pictures! x