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Monday, April 20, 2015

Rhododendron Species Foundation Botanical Garden

Are  you ready to go on another walk with me?  This one is a beauty too.

Saturday we attended the Rhododendron Species Foundation Plant Sale, located on the campus of the Weyerhauser Company headquarters in Federal Way. After shopping in the sunshine on another lovely morning, we walked through the manicured woodland over the the garden.

At the entry gate there was a sample of what's blooming. 
 We walked under a canopy of new leaves.

 Underfoot were remnants of old leaves. 

 Some rhodies were in bloom, and some weren't, but we really don't need many flowers to enjoy this place.

 What we especially like are all the wonderful things popping up out of the ground, like this huge clump of May Apple, Podophylum, with their apple-like blooms hiding under those umbrella leaves. 

 And, oh!, the ferns!
 And the Canadian dogwood, also called Bunch berry.
 And the Giant Himalayan lily, Cardiocrinum giganteaum, which will soon bloom with about 20 white lily flowers, which it has taken seven years to produce.  Then it will die. 

Last year's bloom stock↓
 But before it dies, it reproduces. ↓

 One of many Arisemia species, or Cobra lilies, or Jack-in-the-pulpits that are popping out of the ground. 

Wonderful Epimedium blooms
 A forest floor tapestry

 Himalayan blue poppies, 

 The pond garden

 The entrance to the Stumpery - This is a relatively new addition to the garden, but it is filling in beautifully with all kinds of wonderful ferns and Arisemia and other good stuff!

 On we go through an older part of the garden, up through the rock garden, to the newly re-constructed gazebo. 

 And then on to the new conservatory, where tropical rhodies are carefully tended.

 Back outside, we finish up at the plant sale area. 

 We didn't buy anything here, but we did buy a couple of plants at the big sale in the parking lot.  And we had a wonderful stroll through a very beautiful garden.