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Nature Notes

Written by Tolly Beck
Tolly Beck is the horticulturist at Lasdon Park and Arboretum in Westchester County. She was formerly a horticulture educator for New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland, NY.

The Changing Spring Landscape

Many of Lasdon’s flowering trees and shrubs are currently in bloom. The list includes Korean Spice (Viburnum carlessii) with its’ fantastic fragrance; Dwarf Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii); Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida); Chinese Redbud (Cercis chinensis) and many azaleas (Rhododendron spp.) and lilacs (Syringa spp.).

Lasdon’s recently renovated Azalea Garden is located adjacent to the Main House. The Azalea Garden is producing beautiful blooms in shades of white, red, pink, orange, and lavender. The blending of so many colors resembles a beautiful flowering tapestry.

The Lilac Grove at Lasdon is also beginning to bloom. The Lilac Grove is located down the path to the right of the green entrance gate, off the upper level of the parking lot. The lilac groupings provide a beautiful sequence of bloom, as they represent early, mid, and late blooming lilacs. The colors range from white, to pink, to rose, to light blue, to light lilac, to deep purple. The fragrance of so many of the cultivars is exquisite. To many people, spring has not really arrived until the lilacs have bloomed.

No matter your personal plant preference, a trip to Lasdon is sure to delight the senses. The colorful tulips are in bloom in the circles surrounding the fountain. After the tulips have faded, they will be replaced with many colorful native annuals. Come for a leisurely walk and discover what beautiful flowers are currently unfolding. You won’t be disappointed.