A new garden space was carved out of the woods between the Heritage garden and the Day Chapel. The Flower Garden walk winds down terraces with beds of colorful Annuals and Perennials. From the top level you can only see some of the flower beds. Others can only be enjoyed by walking down to them.
Terrace walls wrap the formal iris garden like a terra-cotta bowl, sheltering and hiding the garden from view. The gardens path invites you to wander among the irises. I used a wax crayon to preserve the white of the paper for the white irises in front of the urn.
All the irises in the garden have wonderful color and form, but my favorite is the Louisiana Iris. I love the soft lavender that shades to pink, and the contrasting light yellow center.
The path finally ends at a shelter sitting on the edge of the surrounding forest. From the shelter you can look back up the terraces to the Heritage garden, or out into the green and brown woods.
Both of these sketches were done plein air, while standing, balancing my Koi Pocket Field Sketch Box and Strathmore 5" x 8" 140 lb watercolor journal. I'm not sure I could do this trick with larger paper.