Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Take A Walk In The Gardens (Arkansas Adventure Style)...

Happy Tuesday All,

My adventures in Arkansas continued on Wednesday with a trip to the mall so that offspring could play on the playground, and then to the Botanical Gardens.

There were so many different types of gardens. They had these pretty little stone signs:

In the Children's Garden, there was this awesome train called Reading Railroad. Made my husband and I think of the game, Monopoly. But, the train was eye-catching both as a writer and a reader...can you guess why?  

In one garden (I think the Japanese Garden), there was this fountain in the shape of a Lotus Blossom, but I thought it also looked like a banana. (Yes, that's me in the photo):  
 Those tall, purple flowers you see to the right were everywhere in the garden. I think they're Foxglove? Anyway, they were pretty.

There were areas where it looked really pretty with all the trees around. I don't know what expression I'm making--I guess I wasn't completely ready for when Husband snapped the photo. LOL:

 Phooey. Not my best smile...and I really had high hopes for this picture. C'est la vie, right?

In the Japanese Garden we did see Waterlilies or maybe they were Lotus Blossoms. I didn't see a sign, but they were pretty anyway:  

 Aren't they lovely? I'm so glad this picture turned out okay. They were just gorgeous.

Even "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" found his home in the gardens:


There were these charming statues sprinkled everywhere throughout the gardens...I don't know why they caught my attention...but I thought some of them were adorable:

There was also all kinds of structures that I found interesting/fascinating, and ended up taking pictures of those, too:

 I thought this last photo was rather whimsical.

I thought this pavement was so much fun:  

 Perfect for a Romance writer, right?

The flowers were extremely lovely (from some kind of Dogwood tree, to lily-pads, and everything in between):

 This rose is called "Rosa 'Julia Child' Julia Child Floribunda Rose" I think it would be so cool to have a pretty rose named after oneself, don't you?

 Unfortunately you can't really see the sign. It was hard to get pictures of the names...sometimes it worked, sometimes it came out blurry/unreadable.

 I loved the way these trees were growing right next to each other. Makes me think of an Enchanted Wood, or something like that.

 We took a ton of photos in the gardens, but this post would get far longer than it already is!

So that's a taste of what we experienced at the gardens. It was very bright, sunshiney day. We even wore sunscreen and sunglasses (well at least, I wore sunglasses. I think husband and offspring left theirs in the car or at in-laws' house).

What's your favorite type of flower? Or do you have a favorite tree?

Have A Tantalizingly Thrilling Tuesday!


John Foxjohn said...

Wow! Looks beautiful. Makes me want to be there.

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Bethany said...


I highly recommend it! It's beautiful.

Thank you for dropping by and commenting. :-)

Tonette said...

Bethany, the gardens are lovely! I love flowers and trees, I really can't narrow it down to a favorite.(Don't harm the flowers, esp. foxgloves; it upsets the fairies!)
The "multi-tree" does look like it is from an enchanted forest.It reminds me of my dear friend who died before she finished her manuscript about an enchanted forest.She pointed me to where I had my first poems published.
Thank you for posting the wonderful pix.

Bethany said...


Oh I was very careful of the flowers! Didn't want to hurt them anyway. There's actually a sign at the garden that says "Please Run On The Grass". It made us laugh, so Husband and Offspring went running and I took pictures. It was fun.

Glad you enjoyed the post & pics!

Thank you for dropping by and commenting. :-)

Rosa Brand said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love gardens like these. They are a wealth of photographic material. lol Thanks for sharing!

Bethany said...


No problem! Thank you for dropping by and commenting! :-)