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I marvel at the beauty of this area often. Watching the changes from day to day interests me. This day I watched it minute by minute as the plumes of mist crept slowly up the valley between two hills. We had a cold snap after a rain. Here the name for this yearly cold snap is called blackberry winter because it is when the blackberry bushes bloom. I can now be sure that spring warmth will follow and it is safe to plant.
The color, variety and the soft uplifting fragrance of the room make this an event I really look forward to all year. Another interesting fact for me is the energy of the crowd. I am not a fan of crowds but these people are all so affable, conversational with strangers and polite, it makes the experience even more beautiful. The folks coming out with purchase bags all look like they just adopted a puppy. For more information about orchids, I suggest the American Orchid Society. Yes these are all orchids.
Travel back in time 65 million years for a larger-than-life adventure! Using state of the art technology, you can take control of your own dinosaur in a virtual reconstruction of the ancient ecosystem of the Cretaceous Period. Click here to learn more! The NC Arboretum once again launches an innovative and engaging exhibit. Come if you can. Robotic dinosaurs- got to love it.
The North Carolina Arboretum presents…Some Assembly Required
The LEGO Brick Sculptures of Sean Kenney October 19th ~ January 5th, 2014
The sculptures are inspired by gardens and nature and range in size from six inches to nearly eight feet in height. A female life-size bison on exhibit was made from 45,143 LEGO bricks and is one of the largest in this unique exhibition. The twenty-seven sculptures make up fourteen large displays and were created from nearly five hundred thousand LEGO bricks. New York-based Sean Kenney is one of only eleven LEGO Certified Builders in the world granted permission by LEGO to build on their behalf. The show titled Some Assembly Required opens in October for the holiday season and is expected to break attendance as it has at other venues across the US.
LEGO brick competition – You can be part of the show and even win a prize. For more information on the competition: http://www.ncarboretum.org/exhibits/upcoming/some-assembly-required/2013-lego-brick-competition
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This beautiful Tulip is called Rainbow Warrior. After days, nay weeks of grey cold days this sight yelled “spring is really here”.
How Pink is Redbud pink? Very pink! I feel a rush of happy whenever I see one.
The landscape does look like a fairyland with the redbud, dogwood and cherry trees dressed in flowers. The azaleas, Virginia Bluebells and Phlox (Locals here call it Thrift.) are doing their part to brighten the scene.
The North Carolina Arboretum is always a treasure here in Asheville– this weekend it hosts my favorite event The Annual Orchid show. Yesterday’s Daily post was local color and this must surely count. I love the variety, the grace and the outrageous, excessive beauty. There were hundreds of people patiently making their way around the show floor. I enjoy the conversations I have with strangers- sometimes I can;t help but exclaim aloud and someone always answers. The same is true in the sales room next door- so many plants, so many people, so many oohs and aahs. Unfortunately I was unable to see most of their name signs. Beauty is it,s own reward.