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article imagePhoto Essay: Beauty and Serenity at Savannah Botanical Gardens Special

By Kay Mathews     Jul 26, 2013 in Travel
Savannah - The Savannah Botanical Gardens is a 10-acre oasis in the middle of the City of Savannah, Georgia offering fountains, gardens full of flower and ferns, and one of only two pre-Civil War farmhouses in the Savannah area.
Travelers to Savannah often, and for good reason, focus their attention on the scenic downtown area, which is "the largest National Historic Landmark District in the USA!"
It is, however, worth your while to make a short jaunt south of the historic district to the midtown area. There visitors will find ten acres of land owned and operated by the Savannah Area Council of Garden Clubs, Inc., it's member clubs and associate members. Called the Savannah Botanical Gardens, this oasis in the middle of the city is home to vegetable, herb, perennial, fern, rose and other gardens along with a pond, an amphitheatre, nature trails, and the 1840's Reinhard Farmhouse.
The Savannah Botanical Gardens is officially open during daylight hours year-round, according to its Facebook page. Recently, I visited the gardens as the sun was setting and after all of the volunteers who take care of the gardens had gone home.
One of the first things visitors will see is the Reinhard Farmhouse. According to a Note on the SBG's Facebook page, "This is a circa 1840 farmhouse, built of heart pine with gingerbread trim...It is a rare example of rural architecture and one of only two pre-Civil War farmhouses in the Savannah area."
1840 s Reinhard Farmhouse at Savannah Botanical Gardens.  Savannah  GA
1840's Reinhard Farmhouse at Savannah Botanical Gardens. Savannah, GA
Behind the farmhouse, visitors will see a Bird Girl statue. This is not the one gracing the cover of John Berendt's book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," but she is beautiful in her own right.
Bird Girl statue at Savannah Botanical Gardens.  Savannah  GA
Bird Girl statue at Savannah Botanical Gardens. Savannah, GA
A majority of the various gardens are located near the Bird Girl statue including the rose garden. In the photos below are a sampling of the dozens upon dozens of beautiful roses seen at the Savannah Botanical Gardens.
The St. Patrick Rose caught my Irish eyes. According to All-America Rose Selections, "The luck of the Irish blesses the 5-inch flowers of St. Patrick, a rose distinguished by its unique color. Chartreuse buds unfurl slowly (unusual for yellow roses) to reveal a yellow gold flower. As the temperature rises, St. Patrick becomes tinged with shades of green."
Blooming St. Patrick Rose at Savannah Botanical Gardens.  Savannah  GA
Blooming St. Patrick Rose at Savannah Botanical Gardens. Savannah, GA
Fully bloomed St. Patrick Rose at Savannah Botanical Gardens.  Savannah  GA
Fully bloomed St. Patrick Rose at Savannah Botanical Gardens. Savannah, GA
For the convenience of visitors, benches are spaced throughout the gardens. The bench seen below is shaded by Royal Bonica roses. Backyard Gardener notes that Royal Bonica is a flowering shrub, "which produces large, slightly scented deep rose pink flowers with mid-green, semi-glossy foliage" and that "are single-petalled to fully double petalled."
Bench shaded by Royal Bonica Roses at Savannah Botanical Gardens.  Savannah  GA
Bench shaded by Royal Bonica Roses at Savannah Botanical Gardens. Savannah, GA
Visitors who cross the bridge seen below will find the Savannah Botanical Gardens' amphitheatre, pond, bog garden, and native plants garden and trails.
Bridge and trail at Savannah Botanical Gardens.  Savannah  GA
Bridge and trail at Savannah Botanical Gardens. Savannah, GA
Because the sun had almost set, and darkness was approaching, I decided to wait until another day to cross the bridge and view more of the serene and beautiful Savannah Botanical Gardens.
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