May 14-15, 2011
The New Azalea Garden | Events
Location: The Azalea Garden | Get Your Tickets
There are 15 azalea species that are native to the United States, 14 of which have distribution ranges in the eastern part of the country. Learn about these species as well as American hybridizers who have created azalea hybrids well suited to northeastern climates and our gardens. The class will meet indoors for an introduction and then move outdoors among the blooms in the new Azalea Garden. Please dress for the weather.
Tour the new Azalea Garden to discover the natural diversity found within the genus Rhododendron (to which azaleas also belong), along with the diversity that has resulted from extensive hybridization over time. Azaleas and rhododendrons offer a wide variety of flower colors, forms, and bloom times, as well as a broad range of growth habits and leaf textures. Learn how to differentiate an azalea from a rhododendron and discover unique possibilities for your garden. Dress for the weather.
Discover the new Azalea Garden and the best that spring has to offer through the lens of your camera. A slide show and lecture on how to photograph natural landscapes and flowering plants will be followed by a walk through the Azalea Garden to take photos. The resulting digital images will be shown and discussed. Please bring a digital camera (SLR preferred), lenses, and a laptop, if you have one. Make sure your batteries are charged and that your memory card has plenty of space. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring lunch.
Spend an evening in the Botanical Garden's new Azalea Garden, where you will learn the wide variety of woodlanders and other shade-loving plants used to create the understory tapestry. Be inspired on a walk through the 11-acre garden to view plants that are thriving in dry shade, wet shade by a streamside, and in a sunny meadow perched on a rock outcropping. Please dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, and bring a camera to document your favorites.
Often planted by the front door or along a house's foundation, azaleas can also be a gorgeous element in a naturalistic landscape. Learn how to use the diversity of the genus Rhododendron to achieve a range of design effects, including how to group colors, extend the bloom season, and combine with other plants. The class will focus on the design strategies used in creating the Botanical Garden's new Azalea Garden, and will culminate with an extended tour of the garden. Dress for the weather.
The Azalea Garden represents the transformation of the Botanical Garden's historic Azalea Way into a richly layered horticultural extravaganza that celebrates the beauty and variety of these popular garden plants.
The new Azalea Garden includes nearly a mile of woodland paths that meander through a collection of 3,000 azaleas and rhododendrons from around the world, planted beneath ancient native oaks, tulip trees, and sweet gums. Learn more.
Learn all about the amazing, adaptable azalea and its close relative the rhododendron from the Garden's top experts. Find the perfect plant for your garden, discover how to capture the beauty with your camera, and more.
Create and Capture the Beauty Weekend
May 14-15, 2011; 12 - 6 p.m.