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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, October 26, 2018

The Rhododendron Species Garden - My Walktober Post

I heard about the Walktober Meme on Eliza Waters' blog last year and decided it would be fun to participate. It's a wonderful bookend for Les's Winter Walk Off in March.  Walktober is hosted by Robin at Breezes at Dawn.  Click here to see more or better yet, to share your own Walktober post.

On Saturday, I visited the Rhododendron Species Foundation Garden to enjoy the first day of their fall festival that included a plant sale and was delighted to run into Riz and Camille browsing among the offerings.   A day of delights: plant sale, garden, and friends!

A view from the parking lot on the former Weyerhauser campus. 

A path leading into the garden. 


Most of the plants offered by the RSG were 50% off and the event continues through the 27th!



One of the vendors specializes in Acer palmatum which are putting on quite a show at the moment. 

More sales tables. 



Schefflera  fengii 

Windcliff Plants brought some treasures including Galanthus reginae-olgae, the fall-blooming snowdrop that blooms here between October and December.






Hostas are beautiful even in decay.  I love how these huge plants melt into nothing. 


One of my favorite winter plants, Meconopsis paniculata.



Dogwood fruit





The Alpine Garden



Schefflera hoi in the foreground.




 Microbiota decussata, a Siberian native, hardy to zone 3, looked very soft and almost fern-like.

Everything in this area was dwarfed by this gorgeous old tree. 

Who would have thought?  
Hope you enjoyed today's walk.  There will be a bit more from this garden in a later post. 

25 comments:

  1. Beautiful place! the autumn colours are stunning! and I really like the cute gnome in the last picture. Happy weekend!

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  2. Look at all that beautiful fall color, nature's way of brightening up a cloudy day. Thank you so much for sharing your walk, Peter...I loved it.

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  3. This is a tranquil garden bejeweled with autumn colors against all the evergreens. Now is the best time to buy an Acer, when you can see for yourself the fireworks of color it will provide in the garden.

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  4. What a beautiful walk, filled with lots of wonderful autumn colors. I think the gnome added a touch of magic to it all. Thank you so much for joining Walktober. :)

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  5. I enjoyed your format of long shots including the pathway, combined with close-ups. Well done!

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  6. "Gorgeous" pretty much sums it up for me! I had to smile upon seeing Japanese maples offered for sale in the fall in your area - you never see them for sale here until spring but then that speaks to the differences in our climate. No fall color to speak of here.

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  7. I've never been to the Rhododendron garden in the fall, I didn't realize there would be so much fall color. Thanks for sharing your great photos! There's nothing but rain in the forecast from now till the end of October, so I don't think I'll get a chance to participate in this meme, maybe next year if I remember.

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  8. A lovely walk and stunning autumn colours.

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  9. We have not visited this garden in the fall. Looks like we should!

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  10. WOW!!!

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

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  11. Yes, I did, Peter. How nice are autumn colors! I especially like Magonia berries, the blue ones.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  12. Wow, a gorgeous autumn post for Walktober! Such glowing colors and I really love seeing the Japanese maples, they're wonderful! Glad you joined in, Peter. :)

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  13. Oh my goodness--look at all that fall color! You're having a beautiful autumn. Ours is less than spectacular this year because of uneven weather--temperature swings, too much rain, strange conditions. Sounds like your outing was quite pleasant. :)

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  14. Great colors! The paths look irresistible!

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  15. Beautiful garden. Can you give me information about the plant markers?

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    1. The plant markers in the garden are plastic held by metal stakes but I don't know where they had them made. The Rhododendron Species Species Garden could provide you with that information.

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  16. "A plant sale, garden and friends" - a perfect day in a nutshell Peter :) What fabulous autumnal colour. I bought galanthus reginae-olgae last year - it's in flower now.

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  17. What a gorgeous place - beautiful color. At my parents house in NY we had giant rhodies, but they really don't grow well here in Chicago. You should go back when the rhodies are in bloom and do another post.

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  18. I missed being there but this was the consolation prize

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  19. Over from Robin's. A wonderful walk shared through outstanding photography. Cheers to your effort!

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  20. Wonderful! I really enjoyed seeing all that fantastic autumn colour. You certainly chose the perfect day for your walk! :)

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  21. Majestic trees, gorgeous colours, fab photos ...AN AUTUMN FLOWERING SNOWDROP!!!!!!????? (does Cathy of Rambling in the Garden know about these I wonder!) and a Gnome. Just about a perfect post.
    I never knew there such things as Autumn flowering snowdrops. Have to say I'm undecided about whether I would want to see them at this time of year, it might take a bit of their magic away.

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  22. Thank you so much, Peter, for sharing this wonderful garden! The colours were amazing...

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your thoughts.