For the past two days, I've spent part of my lunch hour in the grassy alleys between the greenhouses of the University of Illinois Plant Sciences Laboratory in search of plants to photograph. The flowering trees and shrubs around campus have given way to blankets of green foliage, so it has been more of a challenge to find truly photogenic subjects. Two friends and fellow photographers clued me into the alleys between the greenhouses, where perennials are grown for use in horticultural science classes.
Not only did I find plenty of beautiful flowers and foliage to photograph, but I discovered three impressive plants that I had never seen nor heard of before.
While most of my lunchtime photo walks around campus focus on capturing the botanical beauty of campus, but every so often a trip turns into window shopping for my home garden. In the greenhouse alleys of the Plant Sciences Laboratory, I was most certainly a kid in a candy store. I'm unsure if any of these plants is available at local nurseries, but I'll be on the lookout for them with the hopes that they'll be a part of my spring garden in 2011.