Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Azalea Way

Azalea Way May 2010

Azalea Way May 2010

 Quercus robur 'Concordia' May 2010

Tag for Quercus robur 'Concordia'

Magnolia 'Randy' May 2010
Magnolia officinalis var. biloba May 2010

Kolkwitzia amabilis May 2010

Azalea Way is the most prominent feature of the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle.  In a rather unusual arrangement, the arboretum is both a city park & the University of Washington Botanic Garden.  The City of Seattle owns the land & the UW owns the plants.  Two sets of gardeners work the Washington Park Arboretum. The city maintains the trails, benches & lawn, while the UW Botanic Gardens maintains the gardens, trees & plant collections. There is more to see along Azalea Way than just azaleas.  Very conveniently, many of the trees & shrubs have tags that say, 'Hello, my name is...'  Early May is prime time for Rhododendron.  But you can also see Magnolia, Syringa & Kolkwitzia.  In April the flowering cherry trees bloom.  It's a charming place & a pleasant walk in any month.  When you start from the Graham Visitors Center, Azalea Way will lead you to the very lovely Japanese Garden.


Jennifer said...

Beautiful, thank you for sharing these Azalea Way images! Just want to let you know we linked to your post on UW Botanic Gardens' page on Facebook.

Jordan Jackson said...

How nice! Karen Fardal told me that she had a very hard time finding pictures of the Arboretum. That has been 1 of her tasks as a volunteer at the Miller Library. So I made it a point to take pictures there. I'll post more in the future. Feel free to take them to use for your own purposes. Jordan

Alice Joyce said...

I'm mad these days about Kolkwitzia ... the new variety, 'Dream Catcher.'
Thank you so much for taking me along on the Arboretum walk. It's been far too long since I visited, and never in Spring. I'm due for a trip, and may be in town in summer. We'll see;~D

Tracy Mehlin said...

Hi Jordan,
I'm from the Miller Library and work with Karen and Jennifer. I'm in charge of our image collection or rather developing an image collection. Will you confirm that you're ok with UWBG potentially using your images for marketing purposes, such as our website, brochures, presentations, etc.? I will download and save the images from this post and note that you're the photographer. We will give you credit when practical.

Jordan Jackson said...

The UWBG may use images of the UWBG found on this blog for any purpose desired. Credit is appreciated but not required. Jordan Jackson