Friday, February 24, 2012

Historic Reynolda Gardens

Last month I posted pictures of some Snowdrops and Daffodils that I photographed in Reynolda Gardens last year. I took those pictures exactly a year ago this week. You can see them HERE.

I want to share with you the rest of the pictures I took that day. Reynolda House and Gardens are about 20 minutes from where we live. There wasn't a whole lot in bloom at that time (late February), but you can still get an idea of the style and layout of the gardens.  This is a photo-intensive post, my friends.  There were so many pretty things to see, and I couldn't bear to leave any of the pictures out.

Pink flowered Cherry trees are just bursting into bloom...


...while the Saucer Magnolias' pink buds are still closed.

I love this rich, vibrant shade of pink. 

Cheerful,  sunny, yellow daffodils.

I'm pretty sure this is Candytuft --

White Pansies with yellow centers...

More Saucer Magnolias.

Someone's soaking up the sun.  :)

The pictures below show the 1913 Lord and Burnham greenhouse and conservatory, which I think is an integral part of these gardens.  These pictures don't do this building justice; it really is beautiful.

This is still a working greenhouse.  Some examples of what they do here are gardening classes taught by local Master Gardeners for adults, as well as programs for school students.  In the spring of this year, the gardens will offer a rose care clinic, and the greenhouse will have a tomato plant sale offering hard-to-find heirloom varieties.  In addition, every spring the Friends of Reynolda Gardens host a spring plant sale of specialty annuals and perrennials, including herbs and vegetables.

Bunches of daffodils waiting to bloom.

You can see the manor house through the trees in the distance.  I'll post on that later.

Do you see the cottage in the background of this picture?  It reminds me of a woodcutter's cottage in a children's fairytale.

Here's a closer view.  I love the shape of the roof and the hinges on the door.

Precious Snowdrops...

...and some holly berries to remind us of winter.

I'll leave you to enjoy the remaining images.

It's really not hard to imagine I've just taken a stroll through the gardens of Downton Abbey.  Later in the spring, there will be Roses, Azaleas, Dogwoods, Redbuds, and English Bluebells blooming here.  A beautiful place to spend an afternoon.

If you're interested, you can read more about the history of Reynolda Gardens HERE.  Reynolda House was built in 1917, and the gardens date back to that same time period.

Thank you for your visit, and I'm joining the following:  Potpourri Friday, hosted by Honey at 2805, Pink Saturday, hosted by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound, and Seasonal Sundays, hosted by the Tablescaper.  Thank you, ladies, for hosting!

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