Quick Trip to Greensboro

A little over a week ago, we made a quick trip to Greensboro for a car show on Saturday.  We drove over Friday so we could have some fun on the way.  The first stop was the Greensboro Arboretum.  This is a lovely small arboretum and park on a narrow strip of land between a housing development and a freeway.  Once inside, though, you wouldn’t know it.  The park and the parking are free.

Greensboro Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Long paved trails take visitors past well tended flower beds.

Greensboro Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Being mid-summer, there wasn’t a lot blooming, but the greenery was lovely.

Greensboro Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

A small stream runs through the park, with softly murmuring water.

Greensboro Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I think these are a variety of hibiscus, they love heat.  I liked the purity of the white.

Greensboro Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The pollinator garden was huge, and full of bees and butterflies.

Greensboro Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Coneflowers, daylilies, and butterfly bushes were prolifically blooming.

Greensboro Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

A lovely arbor covered walkway was grown over in green vines.

Greensboro Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

A pink butterfly bush phlox was very attractive to this lovely Eastern Yellow Swallowtail butterfly.

Greensboro Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

A bit farther down, a dragonfly sculpture was a surprise delight.

Greensboro Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The form of this Japanese maple was really interesting, almost bonsai.

Greensboro Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

After an hour or so in the heat and humidity, we were ready to head on.  On the way out, I spotted this interesting shrub with some very unusual flowers.

Greensboro Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

There was no identifying marker, so I have no idea what it is.  Unusual flower, isn’t it?

Greensboro Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

We were booked at the Grandover Resort with the car show group.

Greensboro Weekend at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

There were lovely grounds with a pretty fountain.

Greensboro Weekend at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Beautiful flower beds were all over grounds, around the parking area and along the streets.

Greensboro Weekend at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Inside a most spectacular lobby just inside the slowly revolving door.

Greensboro Weekend at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Yes, this was a real orchid in full bloom.  The blooms were huge.

Greensboro Weekend at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The show was called the Fiat Freak Out, which I thought was a cute name for the Fiat owners car show.

Greensboro Weekend at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Arriving in our room, hot and sweaty from the day, it was a delight to find those thick terrycloth robes for our use.  A hot shower was in order.

Greensboro Weekend at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The next morning, we went to the show field adjacent to the hotel to see about 100 Fiats of various vintage and models.  We didn’t put our car in the show, we just went to see what was there.

Greensboro Weekend at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

It was stifling hot (even in the morning it was in the 90s), but DH enjoyed seeing the cars.  We went down every row, then it just was too hot to stay in the sun, so we headed out.

Greensboro Weekend at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Our last stop of the weekend was the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in downtown Greensboro.  It is housed in the actual Woolworth building where the Greensboro Four did the first sit-in for equal rights. Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair, Jr. and David Richmond began their peaceful protest at the Woolworth’s lunch counter on February 1, 1960.  The tour took over an hour and was profoundly moving, disturbing and yet ultimately inspirational.  The courage and bravery these young men showed during this time of our history was incredible.  You have to see what they were up against to begin to comprehend.  That they kept going for months, inspiring others to do the same, spreading across our land is just phenomenal.  There is no way anyone who didn’t live it could really ever understand, but I honestly think that every person in America should see it.  No pictures were allowed inside, so I couldn’t bring you more of it.  If you are ever in Greensboro, NC, make it part of your trip.

Greensboro Weekend at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

On Friday, I’ll show you the other really fun stop of the trip,  which needed an entire post all to itself.  Have you had any short trips for fun this summer?

Greensboro Arboretum at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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20 thoughts on “Quick Trip to Greensboro

  1. Diann Smith

    Your photographs are so memorable and beautiful…serious talent there. I look forward to what you chat about and reading your blog. Helps me begin my day on the right foot.

  2. Joy B

    I’m not positive, but that mystery flower might be a variety of what we call “sweet shrub” because the leaves smell sweet. I looked it up and found the Latin name, Calycanthaceae. It has flowers shaped like that.

  3. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    Beautiful trip and pics, Carole! That unknown bush you photographed reminds me of my aunt’s sweetshrub bush. Hers was a little darker than this, if I remember correctly (it’s been a LONG time!!) but I’m sure there are other varieties. Hers was the only one I remember seeing in my lifetime, so your pic evoked some great memories. I do remember how wonderful it smelled! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Karen Marlow-Goad

    you must be able to tolerate the heat and humidity well – I tend to wilt quickly. I do love to go through museums and agree everyone should see the museums that show the fight for equality – once you see them and read about – most tend to understand what it is all about

      1. Thanks for sharing your outing with us. LOVE the Grandover!! We were there for our anniversary last year. They occasionally have Spa Specials. Definitely something worth watching for!

  5. Patricia Evans

    We visit friends in Greensboro every March on our way home from FL. We’ve driven by the Civil Rights Museum on a driving tour of downtown, but have not yet gone in. We need to do that. And I’d love to go to the Arboretum but there probably wouldn’t be much to see that early in the year. I think the purple plant you identified as a butterfly bush is actually a phlox and I have no clue about the mystery flower.
    Pat

  6. Naomie Moore

    Fantastic! Will add these locations to my trip list next time I am in the area. Wonderful photography, always such a joy to scroll through and learn new things. Thanks so much for sharing! ❤

  7. The garden looks like a refreshing spot, and lovely hotel. I’d be thinking “how fast can I buzz through 100 cars?” out in that open field- not a shade tent in sight. You were troopers, and so were the exhibitors who had to stay for the duration. I’ve heard Greensboro is an interesting place to visit- thanks for sharing the tours.

  8. dezertsuz

    I have not had any trips, short or otherwise, but early Sept. and early Oct. are scheduled. =) I’m more of a fall tripper, I guess. Thanks for sharing the beautiful gardens. I especially liked that first one. I was just in 7th grade, moving from Maryland to Arizona, as my father retired in December of 1959. The sit-ins, and later marches, etc., were on the news all the time. The Huntley-Brinkley show on NBC. Chet and David brought us our nightly news. My family cheered the changes, but I had friends whose families were not so happy. A time for many discussions. =)

  9. The arboretum looks like a real gem! We had that awful stifling weather too. Today was the first day of much cooler weather. I saw people with sweaters on today even though it is just normal summer weather now.

  10. Patricia

    Beautiful pictures of the garden! Your pictures are my favorite reason for following your blog. Like your quilts too. Thank you!

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