Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Botanical beauty in the Triangle

Posted September 22, 2014 10:59 a.m. EDT
Updated September 23, 2014 12:12 p.m. EDT

— When you’re a photographer, it’s always fun hitting the road and finding a field of pretty flowers. When you get two fields for the price of one, that’s even better.

Master photographer Bob Ayers, who shoots for Duke Gardens, took me on a trip behind “enemy lines.” At least for Bob! We spent an hour or so at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill. We also spent some time at Witherspoon Rose Culture in Durham just up 15-501.

The roses at Witherspoon were gorgeous. I was told there will be another big blast of color in mid- to late October at Witherspoon. This is really a neat place with a helpful staff. They offer classes on planting, pruning and pampering roses.

It had been years since I visited the Botanical Garden. I liked the addition of playwright Paul Green’s log cabin and lots of whimsical sculptures. It was also nice to see a plethora of pitcher plants and the Venus flytrap. The colors are a little muted this time of year, but it was still an enjoyable afternoon.

I hope you enjoy this slideshow featuring some of the photographs Bob and I took during the trip along with my music. I don’t yet have a song titled “Botanical Beauty.” For now, let’s go with “Flowers of Edinburgh!”