This one is titled "We're not gophers". Yes, those are pink, cement prairie dogs heads sticking out of the planter openings. The other openings are filled with prairie grass. What used to be filled with gorgeous flowers spilling down the sides is now filled with pink, cement prairie dogs.
This is the bottom of the pool. Usually, on a hot summer day, the pool is full of children running through the fountain. Today... no children. It's hosting the garden called "Big Sky". It's a series of circles in various sizes and shades of blue painted on the bottom of the pool. And did I mention, there are no children here today?
"The Centennial Garden". Each of the orange posts has the name of a city park printed on it. I believe that the height of the post corresponds to the size of the park. Below the posts are wild prairie grasses. These are under the magnificent arches that proclaim the Olympic virtues of Citius, Altius and Fortius.
This is "Picnic". Platforms of wooden slats painted a very loud shade of pink and red have been placed over the flower containers with various cutouts of prairie grasses. There are slanted risers so you can sit and rest your back against them. There were many people napping on them. But no flowers.
"Come Play in my Garden" . Green wooden pine air fresheners, complete with little holes at the tops so you can hang them from your rearview mirror, nestled there among the real trees. At least there was no cheap piney woods smell permeating the area.
So what do you think? I think that I would prefer the beautiful plantings that usually appear in this park. It's not that I don't like these. I think they're quite creative and imaginative. I just wish that they didn't replace so much of the annual plantings. Our growing season is so short here. I think this would have been a great fall exhibit.