Finally! I've been teasing you with posts on the Fern Stumpery, the Bonsai Museum and the Weyerhaeuser Campus, it's about time we take a look at the actual botanic garden itself, right?
The path to the entrance is bordered with huge specimens, like this Rhododendron williamsianum.
And this Rhododendron insigne.
With it's fabulous bronze-ish indumentum.
R. orbiculare (btw from here on out when you see "R." that's because I didn't want to have to type Rhododendron 85 times!)...
Welcome to the garden proper! Yes, I realize you can't read the text. It was more about capturing the mood.
A lovely Daphne x houtteana.
And a reminder, I visited in mid-November, pre-winter. I'm sure this plant survived (mine did), but may not be looking this good.
A sort of crevice garden? Complete with Saxifraga.
Didn't get the name of this beauty, but I know those are Magnolia leaves acting as mulch.
Loved this moss topped stump.
That's not really a stump after all.
It's not just about the Rhododendrons! There were many Schefflera throughout the garden. This one is S. fengii.
R. praestans, those leaves were huge!
But not as big as these, R. sinogrande.
Aka Ostrich fern. Mine spent our cold winter above ground in a metal container. I hope they make a return showing.
Cardiocrinum giganteum aka Giant Himalayan Lily, seedpods.
Peony foliage, I believe.
And another Schefflera taiwanensis, proving there are many variations on the theme.
Such a cool fern.
This guy! Anyone know what it is? I tried to get close enough to read that little label at its base, but the ground was saturated and I was not wearing appropriate footwear. Oh, and I suppose walking through the planting bed is discouraged.
From New Zealand. So cool...
R. 'Sir Charles Lemon'
Time to head inside, out of the constant drizzle, and explore the huge Rutherford Conservatory.
R. lowii, if this one was hardy here you know I'd be growing it.
R. polyanthemum, quite lovely.
R. stenophyllum, wowsa!
I couldn't find a name for this one, but it's certainly a looker.
Back outdoors, and about ready to leave, I had to peruse the plants for sale.
Funny how the time of year can change your outlook. This Schefflera minutistellata was going for $43. Last November (heading into winter, with a very full garden) I left it behind. If I were there now it may have come home with me.
I stopped to admire this R. species nova (that's what the tag said) but at $46 it would have stayed behind, both then and now.
If you enjoyed this look at the garden you should also take a read of these posts from my friend Evan, aka The Practical Plant Geek, posts part one, two and three. He's much more knowledgeable about these plants than I am.
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