Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Rhododendron Garden at Dawes Arboretum


Friday turned out to be a perfect day with warmer temperatures and sunny skies. We had almost forgotten what that big bright thing in the sky  was here in Ohio.
My daughter and I enjoyed the beautiful day visiting the Dawes Arboretum near Newark, Ohio.
It was our first visit and we had came at the best time of the year to enjoy the beautiful Rhododendron Garden that they have created there.


Some of the Rhododendron’s were finishing their blooming but the Azaleas were blooming along the hillsides that made up the garden.


Rainbows of colorful blooms were  so beautiful and sparkling in the sunshine.


  From pinks to redsDA_Azalea_Flame

and even some Flame yellows that were so bright that they just captured your attention. Even for a not so fond of yellow person as myself.


Narcissi flora with yellow hanging blooms grew along the trail at the back of the lake in the Japanese Garden.



Large sweeping bushes of white Azaleas grew on Holly Hill.


This Orange Flame really grabbed both of our attentions as to the brightness of the orange blooms on them.




Yellow Lights Azaleas








Even some small critters were out enjoying the day with us.
This baby rabbit could have cared less that we were walking beside it.


The sounds of birds filled the air and there were so many great trees and shrubs for them to nest and hide in on the grounds.
I spotted this Catbird calling in the top of a tree in the Japanese Garden.


My lack of knowledge about trees was really in evidence at seeing so many that I had never saw before. Although we had just missed the blooming of the Crabapples and some other blooming trees there was plenty of others in bloom that I will be sharing  in future postings. I could see that the grounds would be beautiful in every season not only because of all of the flowering and rare trees that were growing there but because of the landscaping, lakes and animals that also called it home.

Happy Gardening,



~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful garden.

A Garden of Threads said...

Hi Lona, That was a wonderful tour. I wish I could grow rhododendrons, but it is too dry here. Thank you for showing us. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Lynn said...

Lona, lovely pictures as usual. I miss seeing azaleas bloom in mass. They don't do well in my area. The bunny is a cutie but am I glad he's not visiting my garden. I have enough "wildlife" issues going on having to chase off the neighborhood Persian out of the backyard as he's stalking the birds I feed. I do feel a little bad turning the sprinkler on him but he lives two doors down so it's not like he doesn't have access to food.

Beyond My Garden said...

Gorgeous! You have inspired me to go visit

catmint said...

lovely - I adore the Japanese garden look. The rabbit is cute but round here a real pest.

Sunray Gardening said...

Lovely shrubs but I can't seem to grow them here in our clay and my neutral soil. I do have a few dwarfs but I keep saying that one year they're not going to come back. I love them though and think they're gorgeous and love that they're evergreen here.

Darla said...

They have all the colors of the rainbow here and then some! Very nice.

The Redneck Rosarian said...

What a beautiful stroll you must have had. Such vibrant colors! Love the yellow azealas!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Lona, or should I call you the "grumpy gardener?' LOL.

That looks like a wonderful time spent in a beautiful place...

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

leavesnbloom said...

Oh Lona some of those photos are absolutely superb - what a lovely way to spend an afternoon. I need to learn more about trees aswell.

Patsy said...

What a nice walk in the park, thanks.

Karen said...

Hi Lona, What a lovely day for a stroll through the garden, what a collection they have! We're not able to grow these beauties in our garden, but I sure enjoyed the tour. At first, the picture of the white one looked like an arch of flowers, this is an amazing garden. I'm looking forward to your future trips to tour this lovely place.

Patsi said...

Loving the yellow and orange.
Wouldn't mine having a yellow azeala myself. Looks like you had a nice time.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Lona girl that was a wonderful picture tour ! .. I have 2 azalea .. one is a Northern Lights (Mandarin possibly) and a little purple cutie I have to look for the tag to know what it is .. but what a gorgeous place to walk in and listen to and see cute bunny babies !
I enjoyed it very much , thank you girl !
Joy : )

Grace said...

Beautiful! I love the pathway and trees photo...the third to the last. So calming and peaceful.

sweetbay said...

Beautiful azaleas! Those yellow and orange ones really glow.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

What a great garden! I was going to say how much I like the yellow azaleas, then I saw the oranges and pinks....they are all lovely. Thanks for sharing!