Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Blooming With Ideas

One of the first places I visited in Washington DC was the Botanic Garden, one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America.
I love to garden so I found it to be incredibly inspiring. The different gardens were absolutely stunning! I started snapping photos of ideas I wanted to incorporate in my own gardens as well as ideas that I could only dream of having. Sixty plus photos later I found myself not only feeling serene from strolling through garden after garden, but also excited to be able to share a bit of the experience and ideas with you.
This summer we built our own garden obelisks so you can imagine my thrill to see obelisks displayed in bright colors tucked among the beautiful flower beds.

There were beautiful structures that made me want to take up the art of welding just so I could have "dead" metal trees in my yard.

The ponds and other water features were so calming.

I don't think my hubby would be too thrilled if I handed him a shovel and announced that we were going to dig a big pond.

But maybe a dry creek bed with a bridge might be doable.

I'm wondering where we could build an arch for climbing vines?

I love the look of rocks in a garden!

Stepping stone and gravel paths overflowing with flowers and plants make me more giddy than a case full of diamonds and gem stones.

Do you think hubby would mind picking me up some huge rocks while I'm away so that I could incorporate them into my flower beds (hint hint ;~) I've actually asked him to do this---maybe if he reads my blog he'll remember).
Aren't these garden benches wonderful?

I sat on a few benches in the Botanic Gardens just trying to process all of the incredible ideas I found there. I've got even more to share with you tomorrow.


Love the Decor! said...

Wonderful gardens! I often wish I could create a space like that in my own back yard

Hannah said...

I live in the DC area and have not been there! It looks beautiful. I've been lurking around your blog. Love it. I hope you were able to visit the DC Temple while you were here.

Sandy Toes said...

Very pretty!
sandy toe

Jennifer said...

It is so beautiful... thank you for sharing it with us!!

Darlene said...

It all looks so BEAUTIFUL!!! I would love even just a tiny bit of that in my backyard. We can dream right?!?

Cottage Rose said...

HI Joy; Oh wow what a gorgeous place... I love all the beautiful photos.. have a great week.


Anonymous said...

I live in the DC area, but haven't been there! I need to check it out.

Patti said...

while scrolling thru your holiday decor blogs I came across your Christmas Mantle/Shelf and have to tell you that is was just lovely! I want to do something very similar (actually I would like you to do it for me ...hahaha) and I wondered about a few things....what is the white stuff in your apothocary jars (looks like snow)? How many strands of lights did you use (they are hidden so well)? And while I am loaded with questions, did you distress your crown moulding, or is it very old? The photo looks like something one would find in a decorating magazine and obviously has inspired me! Hope to hear from you at Pandora's Box

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