Right now the Butterfly Garden is a riot of color and the butterflies are out enjoying the nectar. Big banks of purple Asters, Butterfly Bushes, Lantana, Salvias...and lots of benches to sit and watch (or listen to butterfly wings!). I love that an entire garden can be created just for the butterflies. I love that in our extremely scheduled and fast lives we can head off to a remote corner of the city; which is the Butterfly Garden, at the back of the Memphis Botanic Garden, and we can just sit.
Another wonderful and perfect thing about this garden is the water feature. It provides the water that butterflies need and love, but also adds a calm point for reflection. You know...making that 'just sitting' experience all the more richer. If you pause on the bridge and lean on the railing you can see the big pinkish-white ALBINO (neat-o) Catfish, Grass Carp, Bluegill and Largemouth Bass slip through the greenish waters. The water feature is what makes this garden remind me of Monet's garden at Giverny in France. The colors, the Lotus, the Lilies, the bridge, the arbors, the pillars and benches. This is definitely a Romantic's garden! All the lush views are perfect for placing in a composition, it's easy to see how Monet was inspired.
Stephanie C. Cosby ~ Fine Art Photographer
Stephanie is a guest blogger who is blogging about the art and aesthetics of plants/habitats/gardens and reasons to conserve them.