The Arboretum Report May 19, 2017

Rhododendron Walk Taylor Arboretum

Though most of the azaleas and many of the rhododendrons are past their peak, some are still offering bursts of color to delight those walking the paths.

Many of the rhododendrons are old enough now that the shapes of their trunks and branches are beautiful and fascinating in themselves.

The varied greens of spring foliage have not yet given way to the darker greens of summer, and there is also color in the wildflowers that dot the fields.

On the conservation front, we’re hoping we can protect our mature ash trees — some of which are 80 feet tall — from the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that has been ravaging ash tree populations in many parts of the country.