Most of the time when I visit Sara P Duke Gardens, the light is too sunny or I'm looking for flowers to take macro photos of. Bright light does not do well to get nice photos. Sunday Meg and I spent almost two hours walking around on a mostly cloudy day cool day. I brought my trusty Canon G10 with me and here is a tour of the gardens in mid September.
Above and below, the nicest planter I have seen in our climate. I just love the color combination with the agava plant. Note the rusty chain it is a rain chain, not so fancy.
This planter was on the back side of the main building, most would never see it.
Here we have a look at some of the terraces.
Another agava, the white flowers in the foreground had lots of bees on them.
Another look at the terraces with tiny look at the water garden.
Light is everything in this photo.
The agavas really caught my eye on this visit.
One of the stone paths by the big pond, sorry no pond photos. This path is lined with camellias, not blooming yet.
The butterfly garden.
The entrance to the Memorial Garden, this is a recent addition to the garden not to many years ago. Duke Gardens if I'm correct has 55 acres so it is always growing and changing. Meg just loves the little pool by the rock walls.
The wisteria gazebo, a lot of weddings happen in there. Very lucky to get this shot with no people in the way.
I like this fern, toad lily combination.
The gold fish pond was recently renovated, those water lily pads are 3 foot across and very spiney on the underside.
This is the main terrace garden it changes with the seasons. At the top of the steps is the gazebo.
This new fountain used to be the center of the rose garden. Good bye to the tea roses.
A close look at the heron fountain, it is nice. I enjoyed the ancient rugosa roses that used to be on the lower corner.
A small section of what used to be the tea rose garden. I like the ornamental sweet potatoes, but the rest does not move me.
I waited for the sun to go away for this fountain photo. Waited and waited, even had a family come in and do a family photo with their feet in the water as I waited.