Busy busy weekend. A trip to the Morris Arboretum, a warehouse burning-man-camp-fundraiser party, delicious dinner with the best group of ladies… but I’ll share the only one I have pictures of: the Morris Arboretum.

The Rose Garden (I think)

I’m so glad the weather is getting nice. We’re still in the cool-spring time, which means sweatshirt for the morning, sun in the afternoon. I would love it to stay this way, but since that isn’t really a possibility, I’ll enjoy it while I can.

Curled up Ferns

This past weekend was the last round of the yearly Cherry Blossom Festival. I’ve gone for the past few years… though Chris wisely pointed out that the event itself is just an overcrowded vendor market with lots of Otaku people wandering around. This year we were both out of town for the festival in Fairmont Park, but looking up the schedule reminded me about the Arboretum. I’ve been there once before for a friend’s wedding, but didn’t really get a chance to wander the grounds.

There are so many lovely places throughout the garden, the fernery was pretty great, and I loved all the bleeding hearts in the Alpine Garden. But I think my favorite was the “Summer Palace“, a sculpture by Patrick Dougherty. Its an amazing structure made out of branches, and resembles the forts from Where the Wild Things Are. Being inside was great, looking up was like looking up at the night sky, the stars sparkling. It was a bit hard to photograph with my little camera, and the images don’t convey the lovely smell that reminded me of basket making as a kid. I did snag some video of it, but if you’re in the area, I recommend checking it out in person.