|At entrance to the North Carolina Arboretum Education Center|
I loved the use of water, cement and pots at the entrance to the Education Center. Lots of intriguing combinations, all fastidiously labeled.
It's tough to beat a backdrop like the Smokey Mountains provide. We enjoyed spotting vistas like this one at every turn.
|A Bonsai dwarf forsythia|
Although small, the arboretum's Bonsai collection was healthy and arranged beautifully in its own section.
No Carolina arboretum--North or South-- would be complete without a dozen or so Magnolias. Here's (sweet bay) Magnolia virginiana 'Jim Wilson'.
Two more stunning standouts were Sarracenia leucophylla 'Tamok', a carnivorous pitcher plant that was in bloom while we were there. Another plant that rewarded our visit with a floral display was Calycanthus floridus. This particular plant had the sweet scent of vanilla crossed with peach.