Rhododendrun Collection

Rhododendrun Collection

The new Rhododendron collection, located just south east of the large open grassy area, is progressing as planned. The collection was designed to introduce rhododendron into a meadow area on the edge of wetlands. The goal is to demonstrate how various species can be used in a natural setting. Three large Larix kaempferi were planted in 1997, two metasequoias which were added in 1998, as an anchoring for the new plantings. Initial planting bed preparation began in 1997, with the installation of a water-line and spigot within close proximity to the larches and metasequoias. Large granite rocks will be arranged for some seating, as well as for paving stones meandering through the collection. Decision making on specific rhododendrons and possible other ericaceous or broad leafed evergreen shrubs need to consider culturally adaptable species that can withstand a fair amount of sunlight and heat. The hardiness traits of these plants will aid in determining the siting of certain types and varieties. An accessible trail will wrap around the east end of the collection with a smaller path leading to the granite stones.