Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sandhills Horticultural Gardens

Howdee all,

We've been having some fine weather here in NC. Tee shirt weather for a few days…  We are not in any hurry to head to Florida. We do have to be there for RV show at the end of the month. So..unless it gets to cold here..we will hang out with Sicksta and Ghetto boy a bit longer.

So..what to do on a not so warm and a bit overcast day?

Sandhill Horticultural Gardens

Sandhill Horticultural Garden_002Sandhills is a small community college not to far from Sickstas..

This was garden art in progress..What do you think?

Sandhill Horticultural Garden_004There are a few formal gardens.

Click here for an interactive map of the gardens..

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Crape Myrtle..trees in the formal garden..

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Sandhill Horticultural Garden_012I really love the bark of the Crape Myrtle..


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IMG_2524A nice area to sit and read…though a bit to chilly yesterday.

IMG_2525The formal garden was lovely from just about any angle..


Leaving the Formal gardens we then took the path to the…

Japanese Garden

IMG_2527Sand and Rocks..

IMG_2529The walk meanders thru the forest ..

Sandhill Horticultural Garden_025A small hut..

IMG_2530A stone resting place…I think we will come here and sit when its warmer.

Sandhill Horticultural Garden_027Follow the pathway..

Sandhill Horticultural Garden_030To the bridge..

Sandhill Horticultural Garden_031And over..

Sandhill Horticultural Garden_032Camellia in bloom..

IMG_2532The path changes to asphalt..Sandhill Horticultural Garden_033Sculptures are placed thru-out the gardens..

Sandhill Horticultural Garden_034Camilla

Sandhill Horticultural Garden_038The path meanders past this very cool rock statue

Sandhill Horticultural Garden_040Called Sleeping..

Sandhill Horticultural Garden_041I thought this was beautiful

IMG_2534Little boy and his treasures..

IMG_2533A Mayan type stone sculpture..

IMG_2536I liked these ruffled Camilla flowers

Sandhill Horticultural Garden_035A bird bath..IMG_2538Holds reflections..

IMG_2539A close up of…

Sandhill Horticultural Garden_022Daphne Odora

Sandhill Horticultural Garden_023Beautiful gardens..any time of the year..

Birds too..We saw more Cockaded woodpeckers, Brown-headed nuthatches, Brown thrashers and lots more on our stroll thru the gardens.


Sandhill Horticultural Garden_036I enjoyed the combination of man and nature…

We will be back~

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.  ~John Muir

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  1. Wonderful spot Dawn. I especially love the look of those Myrtle trees.

  2. What a spectacular place to learn and absorb. I like all the art including the VW but especially the little girl by the water. The myrtle bark reminds me of the PNW madrone.

  3. Oh Dawn.... it looks like such a great place to visit!!

  4. Looks like a nice place to sit and drink tea at 6am and nice phtos too! Red Cockaded Woodpecker would be a bird I'd like to see.

  5. The gardens are really beautiful, even in winter. Nice post. Love your photos!

  6. Looks like a lovely place to take a stroll. Very peaceful. It's nice to see flowers and color. Pretty indeed! Wonderful photographs, Dawn!

  7. Hi Dawn - Looking pretty nice, now that winter's settling in (at long last) here in MN.
    Love your blog and am following your RSS feed. Check mine when you get a chance. Thanks!

  8. Dawn, I would love this place. I love the combination of art and nature and I would love to count birds there! I could do without the painted VW however!

  9. Oh yeah, I meant to tell you, I have always heard of crepe myrtle trees but have never seen one. I did not know their bark was like that. And I love the sculpture of the little girl.

  10. Gorgeous. I'm definitely going to put this on my list of places to see this year.

  11. What a cool place! I love all the statues too!

  12. Those were very nice pics of the gardens. Loved that beetle in garden-art in progress. I also loved that looong pergola with benches. Nice place to relax or just hang with a friend. Thanks for sharing again.

  13. I would love to visit there, it looks great!

  14. Dan Huber
    Thanks Dan~it is a lovely spot for sure.

    Gaelyn ...
    The tree bark does look like Madrone...I wonder if there is some relation;

    It is a great place. Will go there again when we visit in the spring to see whats blooming.

    Larry .
    6am? heee hee..well I guess it would be nice to be there that early...

    Linda Rockwell ..
    Thanks Linda~the gardens are very prettty...cant wait to go back in the spring to see whats blooming.

    Julie G. .
    Thanks Julie for your kind compliments!

    Jeffrey Willius .
    Thanks for stopping by..You have a very nice blog!

    Hee hee..the painted VW is not for everyone~you would love the gardens and the birds!

    NCmountainwoman ..
    If you come up in April let me know..I will show you around!

    Thanks Sicksta...wish you could come and visit when we are here...

    Hiking Sedona
    Thanks so much for your very kind compliments..You would love the pergulas here!

    Sandy ...
    I know how you love gardens and art..You would love it here.

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