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What’s Bloomin’: May, 2021

What’s Bloomin’: May, 2021

Clematis montana "Rubens" What a treat to see this draping wall of flowers in the spring. Hanging from the White Oak at the center of the main lawn of the Rhododendron Garden, it has undoubtedly played a prominent role in many family portraits. It's very happy where...

Volunteer Update: May, 2021

Volunteer Update: May, 2021

It’s remarkably beautiful right now at Hendricks Park. The rhododendrons and companion plants are bursting with color, native plants are slowly unveiling themselves, and the trees are fuller with every passing day. The first park-wide volunteer May Day celebration was...

Wildflower of the Month:  May, 2021

Wildflower of the Month: May, 2021

Oregon Iris (Iris tenax) The beautiful blue Oregon iris (Iris tenax) is well-represented in the Native Plant Garden at Hendricks Park. You will also see hybrid native irises there  - some in startling shades a long way from blue. The many iris species in the...

What’s Bloomin’: April, 2021

What’s Bloomin’: April, 2021

Dinosaur Food Gunnera Visit the boggy-area near Rock Creek to see this LARGE-leafed, water-loving plant, looking like something out of the Jurassic. This is a good one for families with young kids. The leaves on this plant are bigger than some of the kids. A bit...

Volunteer Update: April, 2021

Volunteer Update: April, 2021

This past month has been a busy time in the Rhododendron Garden. With spring arriving, there has been weeding galore throughout the garden. This included areas around Rock Creek where some volunteers pulled celandine, while others removed tired-out rushes. The beds...

Wildflower of the Month, April 2021

Wildflower of the Month, April 2021

Western Trillium Some of our most familiar and well-loved wildflowers bloom in April. Western trillium (Trillium ovatum) is among the first.  Unmistakable with its three big leaves and solitary pure white flower, it glows like a beacon in Hendricks Park’s forest,...

Volunteer Update: March-April, 2021

Volunteer Update: March-April, 2021

In recent weeks, volunteers have weeded, edged, mulched, and then weeded some more around the main loop of the Rhododendron Garden and down Barto’s path. Last week, they moved to the xeric meadow and rock creek bed to keep sprucing things up for spring. In the Native...

What’s Bloomin’, March 2021

What’s Bloomin’, March 2021

Snowdrop Galanthus Dainty and bright, cloaked in white, these blooms herald in the spring. Come and see them, welcome the warmth and cheer they bring. They appear throughout the Rhododendron Garden. See how many you can find! Contributed by Denise Rubenstein.

Wildflower of the Month, March 2021

Wildflower of the Month, March 2021

Red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) is one of the first native shrubs to bloom in Spring, usually appearing by mid-March. You may find it in all sections of the park. The flowers are red, pink or, rarely, white and it adapts well to garden conditions. Somewhat...

What’s Bloomin? – Sweetbox Sarcococca

What’s Bloomin? – Sweetbox Sarcococca

Not too many shrubs reach their peak in the middle of winter, but this glossy-leafed evergreen does just that, located throughout the garden. Tiny white flowers offer a sweet vanilla scent. Denise Rubenstein posts What's Bloomin' at the Rhododendron Garden kiosk. They...