This wasn’t the first year the botanical Gardens were under snow, but this year was incredibly beautiful because the depth of snow (not too much) left the silhouettes of most of these hardy plants visible while still making the gardens seem otherworldly, bright and oh-so-quiet.
While there isn’t much chance of snow again this winter, the next time it does snow, if you get out, bundle up and come down to the botanical gardens. You will see the gardens in a whole different, gorgeous dimension!
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In the Urban Forest, Earthstone by Colleen Barry is even more beautiful, from every angle, surrounded by white. Around Earthstone are native plants, including Alnus rhombifolia White Alder, looking ethereal in the snow
Looking like an oversized frosted artichoke Agave parryi dwarf Agave in the Celebration Garden
Agave parryi dwarf Agave in foreground and Agave americana century plant in background
Another part of the Celebration Garden by one of the few lawn (what lawn?) areas at Turtle Bay
Tall Strappy New Zealand native: Phormium tenax ‘Atropurpurea’ in the Celebration Garden
What is it? One guess, it smells savory delicious! Covered with snow, Rosmarinus ‘Collingwood Ingram’ makes spiky, ridgy designs in the Mediterranean Basin Garden
In the Butterfly Garden Arbutus unedo Strawberry Tree has festive edible red berries and glossy evergreen leaves
Can a Toyon take a bow, apparently! With no damage done, this oversized Heteromeles arbutifolia Toyon bent in half under the snow (and popped right back up again when the snow melted) in the California Garden
A native Redbud Cercis occidentalis in the California Garden is distinguished by its brown seedpods that hang on up to the time it blooms (deep pink) in early spring. Blooming before they leaf out, Native redbuds stand out in the local natural landscape
The next time it snows, come and enjoy; the gardens are always beautiful!
Happy Gardening from Turtle Bay’s Horticulture Staff!