Wednesday, August 28, 2019

PAUL J. CIENER BOTANICAL GARDEN, KERNERSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

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.


(also shown in my first photo)



Trout Lily 
(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.






34 comments:

  1. Hi Denise wow what a wonderful place you take amazing pictures my friend,thankyou for sharing xx

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  2. Wow, a totally stunning post!! Your photos are so professional! One of my favorites is the Japanese Beetle and Webworm Moth. At first I thought it was a piece of colorful printed fabric! The two skippers together, and the Black Swallowtail are even more beautiful though.

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    1. Thank you Ginny, so glad you enjoyed it. The fluttery things were everywhere that day. They posed beautifully :) Nature is amazing!

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  3. What a wonderful, wonderful gift to the community.

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  4. oh I love botanical gardens and was unfamiliar witrh the button bush

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    1. Hi Linda, glad I showed you something new. There is always something I am coming across that I haven't seen before :)

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  5. I agree with Ginny, this is a stunning post. Love your photographs, especially the first two.

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  6. Stunning photos of a beautiful garden, thank you.

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    1. Thank you Christine and you are very welcome :)

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  7. all the photos are wonderful. I like that beetle in the first shot and at the end. beeeutiful bee shot also.... the grounds are beautiful and I like the building also..

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    1. Hi Sandra, thank you. I had never seen that first one before either.

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  8. THese shots are the best part of summer, the color, the flowers then bugs. Good bugs....but now I am ready for FALL and those colors. Great photos.

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    1. Hi Pam, that is very true! Oh yes, I'm loving the feeling of Fall just around the corner.

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  9. I really like the pattern of hedges.

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  10. i will have to remember this botanic garden next time we are in north carolina visting #2 son mike. you pictures are GORGEOUS, you sure did see a lot of butterflies. i love when they rest on a beautiful flower, sharing both is so sweet!!

    the 9th picture of the front of the center is stunning...what a beautifully, well kept, garden!! it is so helpful to stop at the visitors center and have them fill you in on "what not to miss"!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie and when you get there I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. We have never regretted not going to the visitor center :)

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    1. Obrigado e desejo-lhe uma boa semana continuada também :)

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  12. So pretty, Denise. The geometric shape of the garden is pleasing to the eye. Your photos are always great. Beautiful shots of the butterflies and the darling bumble bee. And of course the lovely flowers. A garden really has many levels and you have shown us those. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Martha Ellen, so glad you enjoyed my post :)

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  13. The grounds and building --and especially the doorway-- are beautiful, but they don't compare with the butterfly! :-)

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    1. Thank you Sandi, those butterflies are hard to beat :)

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  14. Lovely place to visit and some great captures of the butterflies and flowers, Denise...all except that Japanese beetle, which can be so destructive to plants.

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    1. Thank you Dorothy, yes I know the beetle isn't a favorite with gardeners.

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  15. Love that butterfly shot! It is gorgeous.

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  16. Looks like a wonderful place with lots of beautiful things to take pictures of.

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