We were looking forward to a few days vacation at the coast but we cancelled that due to inclement weather over the weekend. To lift our spirits up, we went for a short hike at Zilker Botanical Garden and hoped there would be some blooms along the way. It was a joy to see some blooming plants and flowering trees in the garden which added colors to an otherwise chilly and dreary day.
The Zilker Botanical Garden has several features and one of our favorite area is the prehistoric garden with waterfalls. “This garden includes examples of the more primitive angiosperm families (magnolias, dogwoods, witch hazel, laurel, palms and birches). These are set amidst a backdrop of plants originating from the Jurassic period– conifers, liverworts, mosses, horse-tails, ferns and cycads.“~www.zilkergarden.org
“The life-size sculpture on Dino Island is an Ornithomimus (Greek for “bird-mimic”), the dinosaur that left tracks of its three toed feet in the gardens. The Ornithomimus is one of a group of medium-size elongated dinosaurs that lived in North America during the late Cretaceous period, 97 to 65 million years ago.” ~www.zilkergarden.org
“This Swedish Pioneer Cabin was built about 1840 in Govalle by S. M. Swenson, the first Swedish settler who came to Texas in 1838. The cabin was the home of Swenson’s uncle until after the Civil War. Considered one of the best-preserved log cabins in the U.S., the cabin was moved to the Garden in 1965 by the Texas Swedish Pioneers Association, which also collected the authentic pioneer furnishings on view inside the structure. The Wishing Well was donated by Mr. And Mrs. J. E. Hill in 1965. Mr. Hill was past President of the Garden Council and Chairman of the 1965 Flower Show.”~www.zilkergarden.org
Though it was a very cold day, it was nice to be out for awhile to appreciate these beautiful and colorful views in the garden.
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