Spring Flamboyance

Botanic name: Camassia quamash
Common name: common camas
Family: Asparagaceae
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Botanic name: Camassia leichtlinii
Common name: Leichtlin’s camas
​Family: Asparagaceae

In the upper garden along the main path to the east is a thick  patch of camas. The name, camas, comes from the Nez Perce for “sweet.” Prior to settlers arriving, several Northwestern native peoples  depended upon vast camas filled prairies as an important food source. Camassia quamash is the lighter variety, while Camassia leichtlinii is the darker.

Botanic name:  Disporum smithii
Common name: Smith’s fairybell
Family: Liliaceae

This northwestern native lily species produces bell-shaped hanging flowers along slender stems that may grow up to 3’ in height, and are sometimes sheltered by wide, oval-shaped leaves up to 1’ long. Bees adore the blooms!  Post flowering, you will notice red or orange oval-shaped berries.

Botanic name:  Rhododendron x loderi ‘King George’
Common name: King George rhododendron
​Family: Ericaceae

One of the most flamboyant residents in the garden this time of year are the rhododendrons.  The fragrant, bell-shaped groups of pink buds may overshadow the relatively pale leaves on this shrub. This is another popular spot for pollinators.

Botanic name:  Rhodotypos scandens
Common name: jetbead
​Family: Rosaceae

Who would believe that such delicate, white flowers could produce clumps jet blackbead-shaped fruit? This Asian shrub does exactly that.  It grows 3-6” in height, and may spread 4-9” across. The ovate, serrate, medium leaves can be seen amongst the bloom, and later the berries.  The bees are enjoying it this spring - come and see.

Can you find these  glorious Leach Garden residents?

Fun Activities – May 9

There is plenty to do during this time of physical distancing, from community science projects for all ages, to fun and engaging stories and videos for little children.

Lovely and Subtle Changes

I am so fortunate to have an intimate link with the elements of this garden, and to share them with others.

Rhododendrons

Still Partying Like It’s 1999

Community Riparian Habitat Restoration Program

“This area is toast!” A restoration expert’s reaction to Leach Garden’s eastern five acres sounds daunting but knowing that the magical beauty of Garden grew from the remains of a pig farm provides great hope and momentum.

Fun Activities – May 16

There is plenty to do during this time of physical distancing, from community science projects for all ages, to fun and engaging stories and videos for little children.

Fun Activities – May 30

There is plenty to do during this time of physical distancing, from community science projects for all ages, to fun and engaging stories and videos for little children.

Fun Activities – May 2

There is plenty to do during this time of physical distancing, from community science projects for all ages, to fun and engaging stories and videos for little children.

Fun Activities – May 23

There is plenty to do during this time of physical distancing, from community science projects for all ages, to fun and engaging stories and videos for little children.

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