Sunday, October 30, 2011

Autumn at the Arboretum

Fall color in its full splendor. It was just a few weeks ago that I wrote about the lack of color up in the mountains, but with snow expected up there soon, I'm sure things colored up well, but here in the lowlands, the show has been quite spectacular.

Check out a recent visit to Washington Park Arboretum and the wonderful display we were treated to.

After a staff meeting, our hort supervisor, David Zuckerman, lead us on a tour of the Woodland Garden.

Fothergilla fall color B
The absolute standout was the intense coloration of Fothergilla major. All throughout the plant was this kaleidoscope of warm colors at different intensities. Each year, it's always this brilliantly colored and can be seen from quite a distance! Next to the Fothergilla is another one of my favorite landscape plants that will exhibit its autumn colors in just a few days. This is Hydgrangea quercifolia, the Oak Leaf Hydrangea! Below

Fothergilla and oakleaf hydrangea 1

Further down the path, we encountered the stunning fine texture of this Acer dissectum cultivar that lit up the woodland garden as the sun that day made an attempt to show itself that afternoon.


Close by in the winter garden, the Hamamelis, or Chinese witch hazels, were coloring up quite well also:

Hamamelis fall color Hamamelis yellow fall color close up

Can't share fall color with some bark action and these Chinese Paper Birches (Betula albo-sinensis var. septentrionalis) were simply outstanding!


Then, we looped around and captured a view that I've never seen before in all the years of visiting the Arboretum. It was such a treat to witness this with my co-horts and appreciate one of the reasons why we love what we do!



  1. The view in that last picture is awesome indeed!

  2. I was there just a couple of days before you - I swear we took the same photos!!!

  3. Oh, the photo possibilities there are endless! It was awesome and such a treat for everyone!