At the URI Botanical Gardens we are fortunate to have a stunning collection of Ericaceous plants — that’s the family which includes Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Mountain Laurel, and Blueberries. The Ericaceous Garden, between Upper College Road and the main garden, is at it’s best right now. One of my favorites is the ‘Geisha’ Azalea. It’s flowers are primarily white, but every one has a bit of pink on it. Some have pink speckles, some have large pink blotches, and some flowers are entirely pink. Not a pale, retiring pink either but a bold and delightful clear magenta. I love that no two flowers are alike!
Along with the Azaleas, some of the Rhododendrons are beginning to open. There are so many different gorgeous colors that it’s impossible to choose a favorite.
The perfect time to see these beautiful plants will be this week end! On Saturday May 28th, from 8 am to 2 pm, the Botanical Gardens will be holding it’s “Everything Must Go” plant sale, the last one of the spring. Enjoy a stroll through the gardens and bring home a plant too. Lots of bargains as we try to empty the Greenhouse! Perennials, trees, shrubs, annuals, and compost for sale. Directions to the gardens and greenhouse are on our website, cels.uri.edu/uribg.