I’d heard about the relatively new garden on the “Gardening with Cisco” show. Today was likely to be the last nice day for a while as rain is again predicted for at least the next week.
I searched on “Auburn Botanical Garden”. I got the cross streets but not the address. I looked at photos. I was all set to map the cross streets when I suddenly realized, based on Wikipedia, that it was in New South Wales, Australia!
What I actually wanted was the Soos Creek Botanical Garden which is in Auburn, WA.
It’s only about 8 miles from my home. Not quite as far as NSW!
First, I spent about an hour walking the entire grounds. There is actually quite a lot to see. I made 102 photos! These were culled to about 60 and I’ll include a few. Next I ate my lunch while sitting on a bench in the Rain Garden. This is a delightful garden. It is so close I will likely return many times.
Then I did 2 sketches. First was of the pond. In the middle is a dragonfly sculpture. There really were lots of them about the pond. A mating pair actually perched for a couple seconds on my water container. They flew away much too quickly for me to get a photo, though. They quite surprised me. I kept in mind the techniques conveyed by Kay Barnes during her demo at Daniel Smith on painting reflections in water (see 6 October post).
Next I went back to the Demonstration Vegetable garden to sketch that nice old tractor. This is my second tractor in less than a week (see 13 October).
By then it was 1500 and the garden was closed.
Seeing “duck butts” always makes me think of a story from humorist writer, Dave Berry. He wrote that there are decoys made for hunters with ducks in this pose. He thought it would be funny to put one in a large punch bowl.
An herb bed planted in an actual bed (frame):
spider and web