Beside professional art, they always leave space for high school art students, and I find it interesting seeing where their heads are. There is music throughout the day, festival foods are offered, the Norfolk Master Gardeners hold a pretty good plant sale and Hope House brings lots of treasures from their thrift store. All of this is held under the live oaks at Stockley Gardens, a park in Norfolk's Ghent neighborhood. I always come away wishing I had more money and more creativity.
There are other tree species in the park including this Catalpa which caught my eye. I do not know if it was Catalpa speciosa or C. bignonioides. The flowers have always reminded me of orchids.
The next two pictures can be seen from a different perspective over at CIO Photo, a photo blog from David, another Hampton Roads blogger. The first picture is here...
... and this one is here. Sometimes paths cross.
Overlooking Stockley Gardens for nearly a century is Christ and St. Lukes Episcopal, and lately it has been able to overlook yet another mass planting of Knock Out Roses. Is any one else worried that this may become the new Red Tip Photinia or Bradford Pear?
After the art show I walked along the Hague and caught this Yellow Crowned Night Heron striking poses while he rests up from his recent trip from points south. This bird is listed on many state's threatened lists, but I have also read that lately it is taking a cue from the Canada Goose and adapting to urban and suburban locations. Adapt or decline, right?
I apologize for not having any photos of the art or artist, but people can be really prickly about taking pictures of their pictures. Perhaps next time I'll take my point-and-shoot for less intrusive photography.