Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Spring Saunter Through The Rhododendron Species Garden

When attending the sale sponsored by the Rhododendron Species Garden Foundation, who could resist the temptation to take a walk through their spectacular botanical  garden?  As an added bonus, I asked a question and was directed to a fellow who turned out to be the famous plant explorer and director of the garden.  What a thrill to meet this brilliant and kind man about whom I'd read.  I won't bore you with many words because there are so many pictures in this post.

R. sinogrande for sale.  Dig the big bold foliage!
 Pleione bulbocodioides

Magnolia sargentiana var. robusta has huge blooms!

The conservatory.

Back outside.

The meadow.

Exciting things to come!

The non-gardener remarked at the darkness of this Camellia japonica.  They really were stunning!

A brief moment of sun between showers.

Soon to be a field of Cardiocrinum giganteum and blue poppies.

Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense

Vibrant textures of spring.

On to the stumpery.

Have a good weekend all.  Hope we all get some nice gardening weather!


  1. Oh!!! That photo of the ferns unfurling next to the nurse logs. Wowsa. Thanks for the springtime stroll.

  2. Thanks for sharing your pics from the garden! Almost as good as being there. I really need to get down there for a visit. The stumpery is my favorite area.

  3. *SIGH* Have a beautiful - and, hopefully, sunny - weekend, Peter!

  4. That red camellia is stunning! Like Loree, I love the photo of the unfurling fronds amongst the nurse logs. Thanks for the virtual stroll. Now I have to go outside and try to tame some of the weeds...

  5. What I love is the scale of the plants and trees. Your regional landscapes are so wonderfully layered.

  6. Thank you for this tour, Peter. We missed the sale and we therefore missed visiting the garden. It looks like it is being very well maintained.

  7. The thought of that area for Meconopsis, it will be wonderful when they are in flower! What a beautiful garden, thanks for sharing it with us.

  8. Thanks for the stroll through the Rhodo Species Garden. Never been there but have always wanted to!

  9. I was glad to visit such wonderful place with you, Peter. I love rhododendrons, when spring starts. lovely garden and conservatory.Ferns are so amazing, and camellias blooms are as well.
    Happy Earth day!

  10. that is a seriously beautiful garden. Much more than rhodos there. The photo of the ferns and mosses stood out for me. And the masses of hellebores. And ... everything else!

  11. Wow, this looks like a glorious, well laid out garden. Stunning red camellia and I love the ferns and mossy logs!


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