Friday, October 22, 2010

Mum Show at the Arboretum, Asheville


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.

25 comments:

Jamiel said...

Nice view..
Look peaceful..

Old Kitty said...

Oh that bench and spider are fantastic!!!! What a magnificent arboreum - thank you for the info and sharing these pics here!

The mums and ornamental cabbages are stunning! They really say autumn is here!! Wow!

take care
x

Genie said...

I bet you kept that shutter shuttering!!! I certainly would. Those flowers are gorgeous. I love the way you always include such interesting commentaries with your photos. It makes the post so meaningful. Tonight is a full moon so you need to get out there and start shooting! Have a happy fun-filled weekend in that place I love so much Genie

Al said...

That looks like a lovely arboretum. By the way, you have an extra "l" on the end of your link on Scenic Sunday this week, this page doesn't come up unless it's removed.

Linda Starr said...

It's been so long since I've been to an arboretum, lovely.

And Miles To Go... said...

what beautiful Autumn colors captured!

Jessica said...

Wow, the mums are beautiful!

Katie said...

Those mums are gorgeously bright!

healingmagichands said...

Arboretums can be such inspirational places. I like that bench too.

Mom of M&Ms said...

Wish I could visit..Beautiful. and the number of mums is amazing....

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Those mums are beautiful, I love the colors. Arboretums are one of the best places for photos.

Karen said...

you've got pretty nice shots!

noel said...

aloha,

thats a nice take on the orange theme. what a nice tour, thanks for showing us...love the bench too ;)

Ewa said...

It's great in nice Autumn days to go for a walk, the colours around us are beautiful then, those mums are so nice!
thank you for linking with Flowers on Saturday

Tammie Lee said...

wow, thanks for sharing your visit. It all looks so beautiful.

chasity said...

looks like a wonderful way to spend the day!

cat said...

Many lovely shots! I really like the spider :)

Erika B said...

Such a beautiful place! Great shots!

Erika B

Randi said...

The colours are amazing! Lovely shots.

Denise said...

Hi Cheri, such a delightful series of photographs, and a wonderful display of flowers in the last four. Autumn photos are always dear to my heart, I truly lovely this time of the year.

I am sorry you had a hard time getting into TF. Luiz has it set up that the link doesn't open until 10.00 a.m. GMT time. I can't say for certain what the problem was really but everything seems to be okay now and I have added your entry, hope that's okay. Please don't hesitate to ask if you experience any more of these hiccups.

Thanks so much for sharing these lovely photos and have a great week.

jabblog said...

How beautiful to see all the massed flowers. I love chrysanthemums.

Arija said...

Lovely fall colours in the arboretum and of course the 'mums' are spectacular.

chubskulit said...

Oh so lovely!

Pumpkin and Mums at my page.

Matty said...

The colors are outstanding. In a place like that, you could easily fill a reader card.

Luna Miranda said...

i love the bench with metal vine, too! and the flowers are gorgeous! a slice of heaven!

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