Is it really winter? No wait – Summer in fall.

In the midst of natures crazy cyclical weather patterns I captured a beautiful splash of fall color at the World’s Largest Rotary Wheel.

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Greenfield Lake Park is where the Rotary Wheel is located and is just spectacular in its fall display in December with temps in the 80’s.

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I am going to just count my blessings for this amazing day and an opportunity to capture nature at its best!

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World’s Largest Rotary Wheel Christmas Tree Lighting and Fun!

The Rotary Clubs of Wilmington Wheel and Garden Collaborative is proud to sponsor the City of Wilmington’s Christmas Tree Lighting at the Dr. Heber W. Johnson Rotary Garden, Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM.¬†CLICK for full event details (Lighting, SANTA and Movie): http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/community_services/events_permits/special_events/greenfield_park_christmas_tree

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Fairies In the Garden

The Dr. Heber W. Johnson Rotary Garden – Home of the World’s Largest Rotary Wheel, was host to the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society‘s Secret Garden Tour Ribbon Cutting. Painting the garden were precious, little fairies.

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Twirling, dancing, flittering, skipping and even a little pouting, they entertained the patrons with a sense of innocence, happiness and life.

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The remainder of the day was caught in the beauty of “The Lesson of a Child” – to not take all of life so seriously, to dance, to flitter, to discover, to twirl…enjoy, foster and seek those things in life that make us smile and utilize our gifts to make this world a better place.

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You may say this is “Polly-an-ish,” no matter! Life is short, So why not be fairy-like and play!

Antebellum Garden Party

Pantaloons, slip, hoop skirt, dress, gloves, curls, parasol, ribbons, bows, fan and sugar…a beautiful garden and a handsome gentleman = ingredients for an Antebellum Belle’s dream afternoon!

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Cultural traditions have remained threaded through various events that feature Antebellum Belle “lifestyle” and “fashion.” In Wilmington, North Carolina, there are the Azalea Belles. (http://www.capefeargardenclub.org/azalea-garden-tour/azalea-belles-policies/) High School girls apply to be selected to represent and adorn Antebellum attire designed locally for the various annual events and activities surrounding the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden Tour and the North Carolina Azalea Festival. (http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/)

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The tradition and history of a Garden Party goes back to the 1700’s. There is a relaxed and gentle feeling, more of an aura, to a garden party. Whether a small backyard garden or the impeccable gardens like Longwood Gardens (http://www.longwoodgardens.org/TheStoryofLongwood_1_3_2_1_1.html), Airlie Gardens (http://airliegardens.org/) or Greenfield Lake Park (Home of the Dr. Heber W. Johnson Rotary Garden – Home of the World’s Largest Rotary Wheel, https://www.facebook.com/RotaryWheel). The gardens are hostess to people longing to socialize and fellowship with others amongst the natural and engineered beauty and landscapes within.

In Wilmington, North Carolina, the Antebellum style threads through its rich and abundant historical architecture, culture and gardens.

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These photos were all taken by Stuart Benson at the Dr. Heber W. Johnson Rotary Garden.
(Dress Designer: Alma Fennel, Drapery World, Wilmington, NC)

Ornamental Bliss

In Southeastern North Carolina, the Azalea bloom, its flora, color and symbolism, is anxiously awaited. It signifies the start of spring and festival for most Southerners, as the azalea is native to this region’s heritage and cultural traditions.

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There have been a variety of azaleas planted and nurtured, especially at the Dr. Heber W. Johnson Rotary Garden – Home of the World’s Largest Rotary Wheel in Greenfield Lake Park, Wilmington, NC. There are currently 264 plants: 134 Autumn Rouge and Autumn Royalty. In and around Wilmington and Greenfield Lake Park, you will find thousands of plants showcasing the many varieties of azaleas, exploding with vibrant colors such as: red, white, corals, pinks, purples and bi-colors.

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As the city comes alive with color and blooms, most often in late March and April, with ongoing blooms throughout the season, people begin to get outdoors to enjoy the warm spring days and park and private gardens. The symbolism of an azalea is that off “home” or “city.” In my interpretation would be that of community and purpose. Wilmington has been blessed with being named an Azalea City, and has held a major festival each April, attended by hundreds of thousands of people, to celebrate its beauty and symbolism. (Ncazaleafestival.org) in Mobile, Alabama the Azalea Trail Run is held each March. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azalea_Trail_Run)

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Up close, the Azalea is rich in pollen for the bees and wasps that drink its nectar, and are velvet to touch. They are a stunning burst of color and create a sense of peace, serenity and purity.

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The World’s Largest Rotary Wheel

Enjoy this video that features the volunteer service work of six Rotary clubs in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Collaboratively the have taken this barren park space and developed the land into what is now known as the Dr. Heber W Johnson Rotary Wheel – Home of the World’s Largest Rotary Wheel, Greenfield Lake Park, Wilmington, North Carolina.

The beautification project is managed collectively by a Task Force team made up of members from each club. The vision is to have this park space a viable, functional, safe park for tourist, locals and Rotarians to visit and use for events, activities and play.

For full project and Garden details visit: http://www.Facebook.com/RotaryWheel