Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hershey Gardens

  I am linking up with Mary's last  Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 


I am happy to welcome Judith of Lavender Cottage as the new host of Mosaic Monday.. Thanks to Judith, Mosaic Monday lives on.. it has been one of my favorite memes. Special thanks to Mary of Little Red House for being such a great host of Mosaic Monday for these past years..

For my post I am sharing some of my photos from my visit to Hershey Gardens, in Hershey, Pa...the sweetest place on earth..Anyone living on the east coast has heard of the famous Chocolate Hershey bars..and the yummy Hershey kisses..



In the larger photo above you can see the rides at the Hershey Amusement park, we could hear the screams coming from the people on the rides..


I was able to zoom in for a closer look at the double roller coasters that are in the amusement park.



I had to check out the birds at Hershey Gardens too, where there are flowers I can usually find birds.. I did see a few Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. A few Gray Catbirds, Mourning Doves, a Downy Woodpecker and a lot of House Sparrows..



"The world is a rose, smell it and pass it to your friends."



The Butterfly house was my favorite part of our visit to Hershey Gardens..Some of the butterflies we saw were the: Giant Swallowtail, Black Swallowtail, Tiger Swallowtail, Zebra Swallowtail, Eastern Comma, Mexican Bluewing, Monarch, Fritillary, Pipevine Swallowtail, Queen, White Peacock, Question mark, Viceroy, Zebra Longwing,



 A lot of the butterflies are seen locally like this Common Buckeye. But some were new to me or seen during my travels..


This butterfly was one of my favorites..I believe this butterfly is called the Julia.



I hope you enjoyed my walk around Hershey Gardens.. As always I thank you for stopping by and for the nice comments.

I hope you can join in on our at  Mosaic Monday and   Our World Tuesday

 Thanks to Judith our new host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  I wish everyone a happy week ahead!


74 comments:

Sandra said...

i have never seen a Julia and she is beautiful. so many wonderful flowers to draw the butterflies. love the statue of the little girl..and taking a photo of the roller coaster is as close as i would get to one.. it looks pretty high.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful gardens. i know debbie (purple) loves that place - i recognized 'her' butterfly bench in your first mosaic. :)

Cloudia said...

How enjoyable, Eileen


Aloha

Louisette said...

Wonderfull garden

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I do want to go there someday. I have never visited PA and it is on my list of vacation spots for the future. You know which bird picture caught my eye - yes, the Pileated. Great pictures. Have a wonderful week ahead!

Debbie said...

Hi Eileen, I am so happy you went to see the gardens. They are looking mighty beautiful and it looks like you had a wonderful day!!

That butterfly is Julia, I saw it also and had to look it up!! Your mosaic is really special today!,

Susan (ABON) said...

Hershey Gardens looks like a great place to visit...thank you, Eileen for sharing your trip there with us. The butterflies and blooms are awesome. The orange Julia is beautiful. Have a wonderful day!

Alexa T said...

Beautiful views, lots of info about... and great news about Mosaic Monday, too! Such lovely flowers, birds and beautiful butterflies! And the quote is awesome... it is from the Little Prince of Saint Exupery? Gorgeous post like Always!! All the best and Have a Great week!

DeniseinVA said...

This is a great place, fantastic photos Eileen. I remember going to the chocolate factory but not the gardens. I was with my sister and niece at the time. I think hubby and I are going to have to go back for the gardens :)

Montanagirl said...

Fabulous Mosaics - so beautiful there! Enjoyed seeing the variety of butterflies.

Lynne said...

So pretty . . . I enjoyed!

Ela said...

Such a gorgeous place ! It would be wonderful to visit !
Your mosaic is so beautiful !
Greetings

Linda W. said...

Those gardens are pretty! I'd love to visit the butterfly house with my camera. :)

Mama Zen said...

These are really gorgeous! I love butterfly gardens.

Sue said...

That sure looks like some place I'd enjoy with all those gorgeous blooms! And of course, hubby would welcome the chocolate!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

I just love that "neck of the woods!" At the beginning of the summer I was visiting Lancaster and my cousin has a meat shop over in Elizabethtown.
Love your butterfly photos and especially the bronze of the little girl sniffing the rose!!
What a nice day you had!!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!
What a lovely place to visit!The gardens are so beautiful!Great shots!I like your Mosaics!!And the butterfly is so preety!
Have a happy week!
Dimi...

Vee said...

Simply gorgeous! I have been there once in my life and I'd love to return.

Our photos said...

Wow, I love the butterflies !

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I would have liked the butterfly house too, is that a butterfly bench in the top right of the first mosaic?
The orange Julia is stunning, never seen it before.
Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday Eileen, you always have wonderful things from nature to share.

Grantham Lynn said...

Oh so pretty. Our family got to go to Hershey but we were only able to drive through (on business) My kids loved the street lamps. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. And thanks for coming by. I was glad to be able to join!
Oh I see your little golden girl.
So you know all about my little...errr big (!) shadow. I call her my Velcro dog!
Have a great week.
Sherry

Lorrie said...

Beautiful flowers and butterflies, Eileen. Hershey has more than chocolate to offer, I see!

The happy wanderer. said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely garden, Eileen.

Blackberry Lane said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures, Eileen. I would love to visit here.

Michelle said...

Those are some great butterfly shots!

Pat said...

Looks like a lovely destination! I like that beautiful buckeye butterfly.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We didn't go to the butterfly house when we traveled through there. But it sure is a neat place to visit and you got great photos. I'll never forget how good it smells everywhere! Makes you crave chocolate! Hugs, Diane

Grantham Lynn said...

I forgot to mention I love your purple iris's!
Thanks for coming by.

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love all the wildflowers & butterfly shots. so happy. cheerful. gorgeous!! i am happy to see the party still going on & on. ( :

Stephanie said...

All simply beautiful these mosaics of yours.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

HI Eileen!! Of all the people I've known who have gone to Hershey, none have ever mentioned the amazing and beautiful gardens--WOW!! I think I would enjoy seeing them, the birds, butterflies etc., more than that roller coaster for sure! :-)

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Looks like a beautiful place to spend the day! Love all the flowers, birds and butterflies. The Buckeye is amazing! xo Karen

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Beautiful photos and mosaics, Eileen!! I especially love the amazing variety of butterflies. I love birds and butterflies. :) You always take such good bird pictures. This looks like a lovely garden to visit; thanks so much for sharing with us.

I hope you have a great week!

Hugs,

Denise

Sandy Carlson said...

Gorgeous gardens! So much to see. Thank you for sharing your view!

Minoru Saito said...

Hi,Eileen. The gardens look like very fantastic places. I enjoyed your photos very much. Many beautiful flowers, birds and butterflies. Thanks for sharing.

Marie said...

I went to Hershey Park as a child, and my daughter did many years later, but I never knew there was a gardens there and a butterfly house. On the park. I remember riding that roller coaster! :-) Your mosaic shots of the gardens and birds and butterflies are just wonderful!

Gattina said...

Looks like a beautiful landscape and the butterfly is gorgeous !

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It has been many years since I visited Hershey Park, Eileen, and I don't think they had a butterfly pavilion back then. Luckily for me there is a beautiful butterfly Pavilion near me in Westminster, CO. Your photos of the rides and flowers in the park brought back memories! Does Hershey still offer a ride/tour of their chocolate factory? It was fun!

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of flowers and butterflies, Eileen.
The roller coaster, I'm not going in, really scary.

maryaustria said...

A wonderful garden! Your photos are gorgeous! I love the beautiful butterflies!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Such a beautiful garden Eileen!
Summer is the time for garden visits and you will have these wonderful photos to look back on when winter comes!

Diana Taylor said...

Wow, fabulous photos - the butterflies are stunning and the gardens are definitely on my list of places to visit when we next come over to PA to visit family. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog earlier, I hope you have a great week.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Eileen,
Very nice shots!!
Great that shots with the woodpecker, butterfly and different flowers. But that shot with the double roller coaster is really fantastic. I like that so much, always nice to go in.

Many greetings,
Marco

orchid Miyako said...

OMG!!! What a heavenly place Hershey Gardens is♡♡♡ Loved your colorful mosaic with lots of sweet flowers and birds♪♪♪ And your orange Julia is FANTASTIC! And how adorable the girl statue is; your phrase is wonderful as well, Eileen.

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Stewart M said...

Do love theses woodpeckers!

My experience of Hershey bars is that they are very different from the chocolate I grew up with - I feel it may be an acquired taste!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Rajesh said...

Beautiful garden with lovely flowers and butterflies.

Maria said...

I love all these images. What a place to visit!

Happyone said...

Great photos. Like the double roller coaster. Looks like fun. Did you go on it?
Beautiful gardens.
I've never been to Hersey Park.

Sharon Wagner said...

Great nature mosaic. A buckeye is a fitting name for the butterfly.

Karen said...

Lovely blooms, birds and butterflies! Looks like a lovely place to spend the day.

magiceye said...

Gorgeous captures and mosaics!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

That looks like a gorgeous garden to visit.

EG CameraGirl said...

I would enjoy the gardens there for sure!

My name is Riet said...

What a beautiful post and garden Eileen I love the butterflies and the statue of the little girl smelling the roses. So gorgeous

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, specially the butterflies

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful flowers, colors and what a great place to be with a camera!!! Thanks for sharing the beauty, as always, Eileen!! Have a lovely week!!

Carver said...

Wonderful sots from the garden. All of the shots are delightful.

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous! and fun ~ Love the sculpture of the little girl ~ Wonderful series and presentation of beautiful photography for OWT ~

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Eileen I have never visited these gardens but they are exquisite especially the butterflies and the Julia one...wonderful pictures and collages capturing the diversity there.

Reader Wil said...

Thanksfor sharing those lovely photos of this wonderful park! Have a great week!

Jim said...

Great garden

Jim said...

Great shots.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Eileen the gardens are beautiful. The year we visited Hershey it was late October so we pretty much missed the flowers. But I'll never forget the tour and the way the whole town smelled like chocolate kisses!

And even this Pacific Northwest girl had heard of Hershey candy bars (and by the time we visited I'd been eating them for over 50 years!).

Arija said...

What a lot you managed to pack into this one beautiful post Eileen.Butterflies, birds, flowers, a charming sculpture and hair-raising rides.
All very much appreciated.

Al said...

A beautiful garden. Those roller coasters look like fun - I'd ride them!

Indrani said...

All the pictures are beautiful, but the most beautiful one is that of the sculpture of the little girl smelling a rose.
Happy Tuesday!

Photo Cache said...

great collages.

Liz said...

What wonderful gardens Eileen. I love all your collages.

Amy said...

Flowers always brighten my world, don't think you would get me on this rollercoaster though. lol.

Fun60 said...

I think I would definitely be wondering around those gardens and not experiencing the roller coasters.

Helma said...


What I think this pretty Eileen! The beautiful collages in your blog with the most beautiful pictures. Very special to also see !!! a woodpecker against the wall Beautiful butterflies, flowers and beautiful nature. Really a very big compliment!

NatureFootstep said...

so many gorgeous butterflies I get envy. We have rather many too of course, but most of them small and smaller in size.

Poppy said...

Hi Eileen,

Sadly, I am not able to participate in one of my favourite memes at this time, but can appreciate all the beauty of your photos, from the butterflies to the gorgeous flowers! I think I'd be snapping away non-stop, if I visited this place! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely week!

Poppy

Debbie said...

I looked through your images again.....I did not notice my bench the first time around!! I noticed on my last trip that those benches are all around the gardens now. Use to just be at the entrance. Did you look in the gift shop?? I got some really beautiful cards in there!!

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