These textured walk ways
wind and meander through and over fifteen acres of the Cann Botanical and
Arboretum gardens in Ponca City, Oklahoma. The area is open to the public
winter and summer. I snapped these pictures a day before we had a frost on
October 23, 2005. The location is at the corner of Grand Avenue and
Fourteenth Street. The Presbyterian Churche's tall steeple is directly
across the road from this breathtaking landscape. The turning of the
walks allow the guest to enjoy the sudden appearance of many beautiful
plants of every color, shape, and size.
Little nooks and hide aways
like this give an opportunity to quietly slip away from the traffic and
goings on of the busier parts of the town. Growing up and onto this bench
is that lush chartruese green of ornamental sweet potato plant.
A man made bubbling stream
has been created with limestone rocks. The water trickling over these then
falls into a catch where water plants are resting in the deeper part of
the carved out place. A small bridge allows us to walk over this water
Now our senses are gifted
with the rustling of these tall grasses before we are preparing to walk
through one of the many vine covered arches on the property. This light
and shadow is used throughout.
As we exit this shaded
arbor our eye rests on the color of these marigolds. This is what happens.
We turn the corner of the path and another bright surprise rewards our
efforts so we can take advantage and enjoy the labors of some creative
person or persons who went to all this work just to create pleasure for
anyone coming through.
Tucked into this shady spot
is a brilliant touch of color through these impatient plants.
These old antique looking
lamps stand throughout the area. I'm wondering if they light the garden by
night and if it would be possible to photograph the places these lights
illuminate. They look like the original lights Ponca City had when I was a
child. These didn't throw off a great powerful light but the
romantic vision they created made up for that.
Here are white Dusty
Millers up against tall Coleus plants. This value, color, form, and shape
is used and it is a feast for the eyes. I only present to you a very
small part of this lovely place. There is simply too much to put together
here on this one page. My photography simply gave you about one tenth
the beauty of these gardens.
Ponca City has its own
greenhouses and they grow their own plants for the different locations
around town. The main streets are always blooming with interesting, very
colorful plants. Water trucks are brought out to keep the plants healthy
and extremely attractive.