The days are still warm and we have not had a hard frost so it was perfect weather to head over to the Arboretum - to get there I can take the Blue Ridge Parkway and just after crossing the French Broad River enter the grounds of the Arboretum.
|The main building houses the gift shop and special educational exhibits.|
The Arboretum's 434 acres of natural beauty provides lovely trails, walkways and exhibits - a great way to spend an afternoon. I walked around the grounds for a couple of hours enjoying the scenery and sunshine. Benches are scattered throughout for a quiet rest in out of the way spots. Lots of folks had their dogs with them to hike the trials.
Various local sculptors exhibit their work here - some were quite interesting and unique. I especially liked the bench with the vine coiled around it. The spider was very Halloweenish!
The main exhibit in the gardens was chrysanthemums - deep purple colors interspersed with ornamental kale and other flowers made for a striking look. It was time for the North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society’s Annual Show.
The popular annual show showcases hundreds of chrysanthemum blooms in vibrant and varied colors. The exhibits will be judged by National Standards by expert Accredited National Chrysanthemum judges from all over the United States and Canada, by strict NCS standards and highlights the exceptional variety in size, shape and color of these popular fall flowers.
Thanks for coming by for the tour. I will be joining Flowers on Saturday, Scenic Sunday, and Photo Hunt - Orange, so do stop by our hosts for more colorful posts. Please visit my pet blog for some wonderful cats up for adoption - they are just gorgeous.