Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving at the Arboretum

Rather than napping, watching football or eating more turkey, I spent Thanksgiving afternoon at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.  There were dozens of families, some walking their dogs, enjoying a stroll that beautiful afternoon.  

The sumac at the entrance to the Arboretum tricked me into believing that there may not be much to see.  

  Pinwheel Felicia, a tough little annual, added color to the edge of seating area close by the Elliott Carlson's sculpture of the Two Frogs. 


In the Monet Garden, a couple of the clematis were still beautiful. Ramona Clematis had a single flower.  The seedhead of Belle Nantaise Clematis looks like spun sugar. 


Touches of red and burgundy show up in the  gardens with the fruit of the crabs, foliage of the Oakleaf Hydrangeas and the tops of the Dorothy Wycoff Pieris Japonica.  

I'm looking forward to going back for the 10th Annual Holiday Luminary Walk the weekend of December 4-5.

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