Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Camp Susu Outdoors—Part II

If you read my previous post, you know that I recently hosted our four year old niece for a five day visit---a visit I planned to keep us both busy and entertained. I am blessed to live in a city with wonderful amenities and venues for both leisure and cultural entertainment. This year we have enjoyed the Botanic Gardens several times.


In April we enjoyed a beautiful sunrise Easter service in the garden. Of course, it is filled with beautiful flora of every description. These hydrangeas photos were taken on a visit in late May. Recently a new addition has opened especially for children. So when my niece came, we headed over to check out My Big Back Yard.


It’s a totally kid-friendly hands on experience with lots of opportunities for fun and learning.


She was pretty impressed with the “giant” ten foot sunflowers! So was I!


We made sure we sure we interspersed the learning with a little down and dirty fun!


Lots of beautiful statuary in the gardens. Some is for playing.


And some is just for looking.


There several kid-size houses with nooks, crannies, and holes to poke heads, elbows, and legs into…easy to get into; not so easy to get out of :)


I hear that it has become the hot new birthday party destination!


It is obvious that lots of planning and care went into this new project.


There are several water features. The best is a “storm” complete with thunder, lightening, and, of course, rain! It was a welcome relief on one of our hot days!


This is part of the “house” section of the garden tour. A place to rest….


And kick off your shoes….


or call it a day and head to the “flower bed” :) . And just in case, you think the Botanic Garden is just for kids….

Natalie Cole Live At The Memphis Botanic Gardens

On Friday night we attended the “Live at the Garden” series. resized_al_green1

and saw Al Green…He’s still got it! And I’m glad we’ve got the garden. I think next year I’ll buy a family pass! :) So what’s in your hometown? A place to “staycation”?

I am joining our gracious hostess Susan at A Southern Day Dreamer for Outdoor Wednesday. Click here to join Susan and lots of other outdoor enthusiasts. You won’t be sorry!


Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to say hello!


  1. The Gardens are gorgeous and have something for visitors of all ages. I especially like that moss covered sofa and the shoes. And what a perfect place for an evening concert. Thanks for the tour.

  2. I am definitely signing up for Part II of Camp Susu. This really looks like fun, and I know I would be a very happy camper! ;-)


    Sheila :-)

  3. Susan, your niece is adorable, and I'm so glad to know about this new children's section. I need to take my grands to see this. You pictures are wonderful! laurie

  4. What a wonderful place! My grandbabies would love a visit there
    xoxo Pattie

  5. What a neat place, love the couch!

  6. I love the Botanical Gardens here and hope to go again when it cools off.

  7. I have not been there in quiet some time - need to go see what is new, but think I will go when it is cooler. Thanks for sharing your day there with your niece. She is so cute!

  8. Sounds like a fun four days. My sister-in-law hosts Gran Camp every summer for her potty trained grandchildren. When mine get a little older, I'll have to do Kamp KBeau.

  9. What an awesome way to spend family time. Beautiful gardens, beautiful niece. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

  10. You really are lucky! I loved the statues, that divine swing and the playhouse. But, I got to say, my fav was the tree/twig house. I would LOVE to have a real house like that somehow!!! (I have a thing for trees). Just wow!

  11. I don't know where to start, so many amazing things to look at. What fun days.

  12. Hi Susan,

    What an amazing garden, loved the hydrangeas and sunflower.
    Looks like the perfect place to go on an outing and you must have enjoyed yourselves. You niece is a sweetie.

    Happy week

  13. Oh, I so want to go to this garden! When is the next term of camp?
    Those sunflowers are GIANT. Thanks for sharing another camp post.
    ~ Sarah

  14. This is just fantastic. I love the bed and the shoes. That reminds me, I had a beautiful ceramic shoe in my garden and it is missing ....huh? This was just glorious. Thanks for sharing on Outdoor Wed.

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  16. Beautiful pics! Your Niece looks like a cute little sun flower!! Love the shots across the water at night. Very pretty. The Botanical Gardens look like a great place to visit! Happy Outdoor Wednesday! Sherri : )

  17. What a wonderful place...I would be there all the time I think. Your niece is a cutie and I loved that sofa!! Great photos and a wonderful tour...thanks:)

  18. What a cute neice and four year olds are so much fun. I love the home part of the garden/what delight.

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