Part IV: The Asian Valley at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

 
The Asian Valley © Britt Conley

The Asian Valley © Britt Conley

My first time stroll through Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was punctuated by a string of unexpected visual treats, the first of which was Asian Valley. One enters this other habitat by crossing a little creek waterfall and turning into the full view of the relaxing panorama. Lewis Ginter describes the experience as, “unfolding bit by bit.”

The Asian Valley in Spring. Photo courtesy Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

The Asian Valley in Spring. Photo courtesy Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Asian Valley details © Britt Conley

Asian Valley details © Britt Conley

As you stroll through these islands of garden areas the landscape, slowly changes and surprises at every turn.

As you leave the Garden the landscape changes © Britt Conley

As you leave the Garden the landscape changes © Britt Conley

Asain Valley hosts a dramatic textural playfulness between its trees and grasses.  Lynn L. Kirk tells us, in her book Lewis Ginter: 25 Years and Growing, that the Asian Valley has flowers from, “Japan, China and Korea”, which were, “selected for aesthetics and uniqueness, as well as compatibility to Virginia’s climate.”

The Asian Valley.  Photo courtesy Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

The Asian Valley. Photo courtesy Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

The garden is a journey through walkways that truly provides a lovely and relaxing walk.  I just loved this little plank that was just one of the many fun aspects of the pathways here.

The little plank of wood © Britt Conley

The little plank of wood © Britt Conley

The Garden is anchored by the Lora and Claiborne Robins Tea House which houses the Lewis Ginter restaurant with very nice views of Asian Valley.

The Tea House with Asian Valley views.  Photo courtesy Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

The Tea House with Asian Valley views. Photo courtesy Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

The views here are only surpassed by those one takes by walking the entire route around the valley.

It's all in the view point © Britt Conley

It's all in the view point © Britt Conley

Last but not least, when we left the garden I took one last view of this Three Island Stunner.

The last of the Island environments © Britt Conley

The last of the Island environments © Britt Conley

It’s a great place for a photography trip and ideal for evening photography.  Right now the entire garden is wrapped up in holiday tree lights.  I’ll be coming back down here Friday to shoot these for Saturday’s last post at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt

Related posts:

  1. Part III: The Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
  2. Part I: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
  3. The Photo Garden Bee Lifts off in a Hot air balloon over Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
  4. Rose Fest Weekend at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 10/2-10/3
  5. Part V: The Conservatory at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

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