This is the second garden we went to when we were in North Carolina a few weeks ago. It is the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden. You can learn of its history here. A short bio of the man it was named after states that Paul Ciener grew up in Florida and had a great love of horticulture. He visited botanical gardens all over the United States and overseas. In 1975 he moved to Kernersville with his family, where he opened up a Ford dealership. Feeling that the community had given him so much, it was his wish to pay forward back to the community. His love of plants set in motion the garden that we toured today.
It was a lovely visitor center. We met two ladies at the information desk, one of whom gave us a very good description of the garden as she showed us the map. She explained that there was a lot of land to expand on, but that we would still find many wonderful blooms growing, and also there was a vegetable garden at the back of the center, and to be sure to take a look at it, which we did. The garden is another work in progress and it will be very nice to go back in a few years to see the results.
I was very taken with the fact that there were lots of flowers in the parking lot, around the edge and also separating the parking spots. There were dozens of butterflies and bees to enjoy, and I spent a lot of time taking photos before I set foot inside the visitor center.
Black Swallowtail on an orange Zinnia
Bee on a Cosmos flower.
American Lady on Zinnias.
Ailanthus webworm moth and a
(also shown in my first photo)
(Click here to look at different types of lilies.)
I will have several more photos to share from this garden in a future post. Thank you for looking and enjoy your day.