We left for Seattle later today than expected for our annual pilgrimage north for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Though possible snow is forecast for later in the week, there is no way I was going to miss this last big outing with my husband before he leaves for his vineyard work in California.
As always, the pollarded trees and the architecture at one of the largest paper pulp companies in the world did not disappoint. This is where your visit begins.
|Weyerhaeuser Corporate Offices, Federal Way (WA)|
At the entrance is this Rhododendron sinogrande. I broke down and bought one because I have wanted one for so long. They have very large leaves and grow well in our climate.
Once in the garden we found these huge Magnolia leaves all over. There is something sometimes so Jurassic about this place. When I say that I like Dr Seussian designs, this is what I mean. I love that awkward unreal feeling of holding a leaf like this in my hand!
|No. I did not draw on my finger. I have a tattoo for a wedding ring.|
The irony of this scene is not lost to anyone familiar with the timber industry. This is part of the garden and it has been planted. As a child I played in a huge mass of roots similar to these and I find this scene very homey in a way.
|Adiantum venustum en masse.|
I only made it as far as the hothouse at the Pacific Rim Bonsai collection but I was not disappointed.
More from the show tomorrow!
4 thoughts on “Rhododendron Species Foundation & Molbac’s Nursery (Washington State)”
what a great visit…I had never heard of a forest quite like that and the leaves on the rhododendron…the bonsai were incredible…
Excellent garden tour, those bonsai's are amazing. I might have to drive down south and explore further then the island.
It is so worth the drive down if you have a car! Victoria isn't too shabby either. It has been years since my last visit, but this year is the year I get to return. I cannot wait!
Interesting tour especially a walk in that huge trees forest! The sword ferns lookes exotic, here these grow wild near the roadside and my garden and treated as weeds. I love that flowering bonsai tree. Thanks for sharin with us.