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Gardening in America
Textured Walk Ways

by Nancy Fletcher

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 feature.

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.

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