I had a lovely relaxing weekend enjoying fall before it gets too cold. I'm still wearing my fall inspired looks from the Fall Style Challenge. Saturday morning I visited my local Arboretum and walked the trails for 3 miles to see all the beautiful fall leaves. It's a free part of the city and I like to visit at least once a year if not more often. Fall is the perfect time of year to explore the arboretum and I think I went at the peak bloom because I saw lots of dramatic fall color! I absolutely loved the red Japanese maple trees which is a dark burgundy color. Wandering around the gardens I also saw Gotelli drawf trees, conifer foilage (which remind me of Christmas trees), and dogwood trees that had turned a pretty red. Then there were fall blooming camellias bushes which look similar to roses and exotic ornamental grasses. I have a thing for the color yellow so I enjoyed see the ginkgo trees and witch-hazels. I definitely think it's worth a look to check out your local arboretum or gardens to see the amount of beauty that nature has to offer.
Three shades of red - so beautiful!
These 22 Corinthian columns were originally built for the National Capitol building, but after discovering they weren't the right size once the dome was completed they were removed and found their final resting place here in the 1980s.
The reflecting pool reflects such a pretty image of the columns.n the herb garden they have a collection of sage plants, my favorite being the Salvia leucantha 'Midnight' which has purple velvety leaves.
When I came home I made one of my favorite fall recipes: Butternut Squash Risotto. I tweaked the recipe a little adding black beans.