Thursday, April 17, 2008

Formal Garden Room, Dixon Gardens (100th Post)

Formal Garden, Dixon Gardens
Yesterday, my father took me to Dixon Gallery and Gardens in celebration of my birthday (you can also read more about Dixon here).. You know how some days are just "perfect", and you know that you will remember that day as special forever? Yesterday was one of those days. It was a mild day, perfectly clear and sunny, and probably the prettiest Spring day in Memphis this year. My father and I walked the entire perimeter of the 17 acres of garden area, and it was breathtaking, and fun to just spend an afternoon with my father.

Of course, I took too many photos (don't we all?), and have chosen my favorites to share with you over the next several days. I hope that you will come to love this special place as I do. It is truly wonderful any time of year, either for its blooms, lush grounds, or well-designed architectural beauty. But, during the first through third weeks in April, it will take your breath away. You may enjoy seeing the larger version of this photo...just click on the photo and then click on "all sizes" and choose the larger size.

This is one of the formal garden rooms, fashioned after French and Italian formal gardens, on the east side of the museum building. This area is planted in clipped boxwood, pink azaleas, an ivy border, and white dogwoods. It is this lush in color in person, and it was lovely sitting on that bench and just taking it in.

Today is my 100th post, and it is hard to believe how quickly that time has passed. Participating in this community is a highlight of each day, and I hope to have many more "anniversaries".

15 comments:

Kate said...

Congratulations on selecting a beautiful setting and photo for your 100th post. I just reached 500 for my visualstpaul blog, too! Fun, isn't it??

Jim said...

contrats on 100. Your photo is very pretty. I even like the grass, very thick for more than likely getting a lot of traffic. I wish my yard looked that good.

George Townboy said...

That is a beautiful garden, but the day with your father is what's really beautiful.

I got to spend the day with my daughter last Sunday! Very cool.

Ann (MobayDP) said...

Happy Birthday and Happy 100th post! :)

17 acres really does seem not so far a walk when you're roaming around a garden as lovely as this, right? :)

I'm looking forward to the next several days.

Professor said...

This so glorious! And it sounds like a lovely way to spend the day...

And congrats on the 100th post! I look forward to 100+ more!

Auto Ethnographer said...

Happy 100th! And what an absolutely gorgeous garden and photo.

Halcyon said...

Happy 100th post! What a beautiful garden. I love all the signs of spring.

And you can never take too many photos... especially with a digital camera. :)

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

beautiful! Congrats for 100 :)

Lynette said...

Truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to the rest of them. And I am very proud that your birthday was a memory-making day.

Abraham Lincoln said...

You certainly chose a very beautiful photo for the post today.

Dan said...

Happy birthday! What a beautiful way to spend the day and in such beautiful surroundings. It looks truely magnificent and I am looking forward to your next posts.

Congratulations on number 100. A great milestone and testament to your dilligence and love of participation in this great photoblogging community. May you have 100++++ more!

Knoxville Girl said...

I love how you caught the symmetry of the azaleas and the play of light and shadow on the grass. Happy 100th post!

Rambling Round said...

Congratulations on your 100th! This is a lovely garden. Our azaleas are about gone so this is nice to see.
Hope you had a happy birthday as well.

babooshka said...

The 1oo.Congratulations. You have some beautiful photos and very interesing posts.

smilnsigh said...

Congratulations on your 100th entry! And you have chosen an achingly beautiful photo, for it.

Miss Mari-Nanci