Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Japanese Garden Bridge

Japanese Garden Bridge by bahayla

Japanese Garden Bridge, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
This bridge in the Japanese Garden was removed when the garden was renovated in 1995. In the background is the frame of the Tropical Pavilion, which was still under construction. Photo taken in early 1990's.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Bud Light Traithlon

Bud-Light Traithalon by bahayla

Bud-Light Traithalon, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
The swimming leg of the Bud Light Triathlon's Norfolk event was held in Lake Whitehurst next to the Norfolk Botanical Garden for several years in the early 1990s. The 0.93 mile swim course had to be cleared of tree stumps and the remains of an old railroad trestle before the race could be run. Garden tour boats were employed as lifeguard stations along the course.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Giant Reed

Giant Reed by bahayla

Giant Reed, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Giant Reed (Arundo donax) in the old Perennial Garden. Photo taken in early 1990's.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Canada Geese

Canada Geese by bahayla

Canada Geese, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Canada Geese and goslings are a common site in the late spring. Photo taken in the 1990s.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

American Lady

American Lady by bahayla

American Lady, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
This butterfly was seen in the Butterfly Garden in the mid 1990's. Identification is my best guess. Comment if you have a better one.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Northern Water Snake

Northern Water Snake by bahayla

Northern Water Snake, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
This non-venomous snake liked to hang around down by the tour-boats. Photo taken in 1996.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer by bahayla

Albrecht Dürer, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
One of the statues created by Sir Moses Ezekiel that lines the garden's Statuary Vista. Photo taken on June 29, 2013.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Dancing Maidens

Dancing Maidens by bahayla

Dancing Maidens, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
This statue was originally located along the tour train route, in front of the Friendship Pond. It was knocked off of its pedestal in the mid-1990's by hooligan actors with the Haunted Forest (see photo below) and moved to a new location behind the Renaissance Garden. The first stanza of the poem  The World's Needs by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, engraved in the pedestal, reads:

So many gods
So many creeds,
So many paths that wind and wind
While just the art of being kind
is all this sad world needs.



Photo taken on June 29, 2013.


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Administration Building

Administration Building by bahayla

Administration Building, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
The Garden Administration Building, constructed in the early 1960's. Photo taken on April 27, 2013.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Treasure Island

Treasure Island by bahayla

Treasure Island, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
The prominent stand of trees left of center is the location of the old Treasure Island attraction from the 1960's and early 1970's. This photo was taken on June 29, 2013.