Thursday, September 16, 2010

Planting Fields Arboretum

When, near the end of a whirlwind two-hour tour of Planting Fields Arboretem, the incredibly knowledgable and enthusiastic Park Manager Vincent Simeone gets really excited about a plant, you have to take notice. Edgeworthia papyrifera (Paperbush) pictured above must be spectacular in bloom and maybe worth a winter visit to witness. Maybe you'd catch some of the greenhouse Camellias to boot. Not that you'd need to look for an excuse to revisit this place even in winter. We covered a lot of ground on the field trip today, but a place so large could be explored for hours and hours.

Lespedeza thunbergii 'Spring Grove' located with the other L plants in the Synoptic Garden.

Calathea makayana (Peacock Plant)
There's always lovely architecture too at these huge old estates, once enjoyed by so few but now accessible to many, like the Tea House below.

And I haven't even gotten to some of this historic park's grand old trees in this post. Can't wait to go back again.

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