Photos & text by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Part of my job is going out in the Garden to capture the beauty as it happens. Sometimes, like spring, I can’t keep up with all the blooms and the daily changes. Other times, when I least expect it the Garden changes overnight from lush greens to the red and purple, yellow and brown of fall. In summer, I never know what to expect. When I think of summer, I think of sunflowers, Echinacea and daylilies. Sometimes I forget all the diversity that comes in summer. The wildlife thrives. And the diversity of blooms is rather stunning. Rose plants that bloomed prolifically in spring, continue to bloom in summer (and amazingly will do it again in fall). I find insects I never know existed. Summer has special moments — like catching a pollinator at work, or watching a hummingbird zoom around you. These are the experiences that you can’t quite capture in photos, you have to come to the Garden to see them yourself. But perhaps the photos can act as a reminder for why you should visit. I promise you — it’s far better in person.