Despite the nearly non-stop rain yesterday, I visited the U.S. Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC on a bus trip with my University of Delaware Master Gardener class. It's a nice little compact place, with some neat plants outside and thankfully (because of the rain), several nice walk-through greenhouses. The current "theme" was ROOTS!
Here are a few plant highlights....
In the main entry-way:
A Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) Tree:
The main greenhouse is spectacular:
With an elevated walkway:
And towering Royal Palms:
Needle Palms in the outdoor "Southern Exposure" Garden:
Also outside there were (I think) Yucca treculeana on left and Y. rostrata on right (correct me if I got these wrong - it was rainy and it was a quick walk).
Another nice Needle Palm outside:
They had 3 Wollemi Pines inside the "Endangered Plants" section of the greenhouse... I thought they had some outside in the past... maybe the last 2 winters did them in?
The special exhibit there was about roots, showing how long roots are on a selection of grasses:
Some "artsy" roots outside as well:
The other outside plantings were really nice. Despite the non-stop rain, I felt myself being drawn down this path!
Then when I saw these Longleaf Pines, I knew I had to complete the loop trail!
A Laurel Oak (Quercus hemisphaerica):
Closer look at the Longleaf Pines:
A Swamp Redbay (Persea palustris):
Our day trip to DC continued on to the National Arboretum... another post on that will follow this.