Monday, February 8, 2010

The Winter Garden

Rhododendron mucronulatum

Our Northwest winters are usually quite mild, and this year has been more so than normal, although we've had our share of rain. The gorgeous weather today lured me out to the Arboretum and the Winter Garden where I was astounded to see a number of early bloomers – a full two or three weeks ahead of schedule. What a delightful surprise!

Cyclamen coum

Look for these images and many more in our Winter Gallery!

The Witt Winter Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle provides a visual feast of dramatic colors, textures, fragrances and structure. Hamamelis, Helleborus, Rhododendron, Calluna vulgaris, Camellia sasanqua, Daphne odora, Mahonia and Viburnum are among the many stars of this celebration of winter blooming plants. From our experience over the last three or four years, late January through March is a great time to visit to enjoy these treasures.

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