As spring erupts into bloom why not plan a day trip to visit one of these three gardens known for their azalea collections. Each offers a magnificent display in a unique setting. You should find azaleas in bloom for most of the month of April, peaking around the middle of the month (weather depending, of course). So many azaleas…so little time! Honor Heights Park in Muskogee holds its annual Azalea Festival throughout the month of April. The park has over 30,000 azaleas i
While Zen gardens in Japan are typically very open, I find them to be a great solution to those difficult to plant, heavily shaded areas of the landscape. In fact, many of the plants utilized in karesansui gardens, such as azaleas, mondo, and ferns require shade in Oklahoma. Of course, we cannot grow that amazing moss. Outside of Japan, many karesansui gardens substitute plants that are representative of the forms found in a traditional Japanese dry garden, but are better
If you are looking for a garden stroll, college campuses are often a great place to find inspiration. You may be surprised by what you see at the University of Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, where the horticultural team has built a delightful collection of gardens. Pocket gardens feature unique themes or plant material and the main thoroughfare of campus is planted with a teaching arboretum. You will find educational signs to help interpret the plantings and identify p
For the best display of spring blooms plan an April trip to Lendonwood Gardens in Grove, Oklahoma. Lendonwood houses one of the largest collections of azaleas and rhododendrons in the region with over 250 species. The garden is designed with a rich Asian influence and contains numerous features typical of Japanese gardens. The Japanese Pavilion pictured above provides a serene space for relaxation and contemplation. The pavilion overlooks a large koi pond and surrounding
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Chinese Garden, Huntington Library and Gardens, CA