Tuesday, September 11, 2012

North Carolina Arboretum

Candler, NC  (high 74, low 54)

It was another perfect day.  My idea of perfect weather is 70’s in the daytime and 50’s at night. 

I sure am going to hate going back to the hot temperatures in Tampa….maybe we should stay until it cools off?

We decided to head over to the North Carolina Arboretum and see what we could find.  It was a little cloudy when we left home, but it soon cleared up and it was a gorgeous sunny day.

The Arboretum is free, but they charge $8 for parking.  We stopped and got a veggie sub from Subway and ate our lunch there,  over looking the forest. 

It’s quite a nice place to spend the day.  My first picture of the day was this cute little guy.

turtle at North Carolina Arboretum

There were beautiful gardens with lots of flowers and unusual plants.

North Carolina Arboretum

North Carolina Arboretum

North Carolina Arboretum

I loved the shine on this beautiful plant.

North Carolina Arboretum

There was a quilt garden that was pretty interesting.

North Carolina Arboretum quilt garden

They had a very nice bonsai display.

bonsai at North Carolina Arboretum

I thought  this statue was beautiful and had such great detail.

North Carolina Arboretum

We were near the Blue Ridge Parkway, so we decided drive on it for a while.  There are always beautiful vistas.  See the little mountain hideaway?


How about a closer look?


It was getting late and we wanted to go back by a discount shoe store we had found earlier.  They must have had 2 0r 3 thousand shoes there.  I don’t know how “discounted”  they were, but we both got a new pair of Merrill shoes. 

We haven’t decided what to do tomorrow.  There is so much to do, but we don’t want to leave Chatty alone unsupervised for too long at a time.  We “locked” him in the bedroom when we left today, but when we came home he met us at the door.    He still has a few restrictions and since he got out of the bedroom, those all went out the window. 


The End

North Carolina Arboretum


  1. Ha ha! Great "The End" picture. I see you are taking lessons from Judy on more than just turtle pictures. :c)

  2. I think that guy with the sunglasses was following you around! :)

  3. All this talk if cool weather is making me jealous:(

  4. That 'nice little mountain hideaway' looked pretty ritzy! Thanks for the tour of the Arboretum.

  5. We loved the Arboretum when we were there in April, hopefully we'll get back there during the fall sometime to see it in another season. Best deal in Asheville! Next time you're there go the extra few miles to Lake Powhatan Recreation Area, the camping and biking there is great!


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