March and April have passed in a blur of pollen and procrastination, but one thing I was able to accomplish was a tour of LanternAsia at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.
I was insistent we get there before dark so we could see the “Art by Day” as well as the “Magic by Night.” This exhibit is made up of 36 handcrafted silk & steel displays highlighting traditional Asian themes replicated from China, Japan, India, Thailand, Korea, Burma and Singapore.
As we walked through the mile-long path, I was awe-struck at the handiwork, thoughtful planning and intricate execution required by such a project. This type of exhibit dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to 220 A.D.) **thanks Google** and is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and will only happen this spring in Norfolk.
I may never be as excited about the Garden Christmas lights ever again.
As the sun went down, the garden transformed.
Awe-inspiring craftsmanship was evident at every spot…
…and the night was filled with WONDER.