Q. What's Beautiful Now? (Week of 3/26/2018)
Azalea Garden: Our earliest Azaleas, Rhododendron mucronulatum, are blooming now with bright, bubble-gum pink blossoms.
Ladies Border: In addition to the striking swathes of early color, the air is thick with the sweet and heavy fragrance of Prunus mume, Edgeworthia chrysantha and Sarcococca hookeriana var. hookeriana. It is a sensorial experience unlike any other. You won’t want to miss this!
Perennial Garden: If you need a little green pick me up from the grey winter, come see our early spring bulbs pushing their leaves out of the ground. Nothing shouts “Spring!” quite like the triumphant, first emergence of green from the sleepy winter soil. Complementing this new flush of green with a sprinkling of bright and cheerful color are our Helleborus.
Thain Family Forest: Take a few moments to walk the forest trails and disappear into the oasis of this charming, wooded landscape. With the sounds of the city fading with every step, you will begin to notice the wonderful subtleties the old growth forest has to offer. Undismayed by the fickle weather, the forest swells with the sounds of excited birds flitting from tree to tree and small critters rustling about in the understory.
Tree of the Week: Rhododendron mucronulatum, Korean rhododendron
Known for its uncharacteristically early blooming period in late March to early April, Rhododendron mucronulatum eases jittery anticipation for spring with a sweet pop of bubblegum pink. If you’re brave enough to endure the fickle weather, these beauties are well worth a visit. You can find a swathe of these Korean rhododendrons in the Azalea Garden.
Perennial of the Week: Helleborus × nigercors 'Honeyhill Joy', lenten-rose
If you find yourself cruising down the Ladies Border to take a peek and a whiff at the Japanese apricots, you absolutely must stop by our Helleborus × nigercors 'Honeyhill Joy'. With creamy white flowers perched atop dark purple stems, unopposed yet by its foliage, this hellebore creates a sea of floating blossoms.