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October 24, 2017

Arboretum opens Centennial Garden

Photo from Washington Park Arboretum [enlarge]

A new ornamental display is open in Washington Park Arboretum — but you'll have to wait for summer to see the starring attraction.

Located by the pond at the south end of the Azalea Way promenade, the new Centennial Garden has a variety of summer-blooming hydrangeas. Other summer-flowering shrubs include spice bush (Calycanthus), daisy bush (Olearia), and alangium, and there are also spring-blooming rhododendrons to connect the garden with displays along Azalea Way and Rhododendron Glen.

The quarter-acre garden celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Seattle Garden Club.

It was created by Universtiy of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Arboretum Foundation using a grant from the club and matching funds from the foundation.

Jason Morse of AHBL and Iain Robertson of the UW Landscape Architecture Department worked on the design.

A curving stone bench in the garden was built by Gardenstone Masonry, with views across the pond.

Ohno Construction did the site work, which included footings for the bench, a circular trail, soil berms for planting beds, and a crushed-rock terrace. Centennial Garden contains about 600 trees, shrubs and perennials. Peak viewing will be in the summer, but the location and hardscape are designed to make it a year-round attraction.

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