Friday, October 11, 2013

Marie Selby Botanical Garden

Orchids in a shadehouse at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
I decided to recycle some photos that I never got around to turning into a blog.  Last October (2012), AJ and I visited the wonderful Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, FL.  Selby specializes in epiphytes - orchids, air plants, bromeliads - so I visited to gather information when we were thinking about bring our orchid collection from an outsourced grower back to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  We had a wonderful tour by Greenhouse Manager, Angel Lara.  He showed us the many different growing zones and gave me great tips about orchid culture, virus control, and curation.  It was a fun walk down memory lane for AJ because he was an intern at Selby about 10 years ago while he was studying Agriculture at Virginia Tech.
Angel and AJ at the koi pond
Flowering Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis
Sculpture in the garden surrounded by tropical foliage
A specimen in the fig (Ficus) collection
Bat plant (Tacca integrifolia)
The lush tropical vegetation in the conservatory
Garden house with bromeliads and Spanish moss dripping from a tree at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Small bromeliads on a series of horizontal wreaths hanging from the trees

Friday, October 4, 2013

Peaks of Otter

The view of Sharp Top Mountain from our hotel room at Peaks of Otter
A few weeks ago, we took advantage of the beautiful early Fall weather and spent the weekend at Peaks of Otter lodge.  The lodge is in the shadow of Sharp Top Mountain.  This was considered to be the highest point in Virginia until GPS was developed.  It is a short, but very steep climb to the top.  In addition to the gorgeous views, there were many native plants blooming.
Peaks of Otter Lodge from the top of Sharp Top Mountain
Boneset (Eupatorium)

Golden Rod (Solidago)
Witchhazel (Hamamelis)
White Wood Aster (Aster divaricatus)
Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) Check out this great LGBG blog post about uses of jewelweed.
Lichens on a boulder

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