Last Friday (Earth Day), waking up to a house full of sleeping people who wanted to remain so, I took an early morning bike ride, ending up downtown at The Pagoda. A previous visit was made here early in the life of this blog, but the blogger goes there fairly frequently. The Pagoda was a gift from Evergreen Shipping Lines to the city of Norfolk (thanks Chris for the correction), and an "Oriental-style" garden has been planted around it. When I first came to Norfolk in the late 70's, there was no pagoda or garden, rather this was the site of a giant, black, 500,000 gallon, molasses tank. The Pagoda was built on top of the tank's foundations and pillars, and today there is little evidence of its previous incarnation. The garden has some fairly diverse plantings centered around the Pagoda and its large koi pond. The morning I was there an osprey was flying overhead trying to spy breakfast in the pond.
Dianthus by the koi pond bridge
Lest you forget where you are or what continent you're on, the nearby Battleship Wisconsin looms over the garden from the other side of the bamboo.