Mary Ann Cooper is a member of West TN Shutterbugs photography
club in Jackson, TN. When group members were given an assignment to take photos
of blooms early this spring, Mary Ann called her friend, Rita Randolph, for
advice on where to find beautiful blossoms. Rita suggested that she contact
Memphis Botanic Garden, and our Director of Horticulture, Rick Pudwell,
arranged for Mary Ann and Saige Turner to take a private tour of the Garden’s orchid house. She
was kind enough to share some of her amazing photos and thoughts on her visit…enjoy!
(Click on any photo to view full-size image.)
The Orchid Greenhouse at Memphis Botanic Garden,
also known as "The Secret Garden," is like the Garden of Eden in
Genesis in the Bible, when the world was all it should be -- perfect, lush, and
The stroll through "The Secret Garden"
was like being in a magical retreat. The
Orchids' vivid colors, geometric shapes, and lovely fragrances made for an
excellent photographic challenge by trying to capture their diversity,
richness, and beauty.
Photographing "The Secret Garden," along
with the Memphis Botanic Garden, was an amazing experience.
-Mary Ann Cooper