Cherry Blossoms and Hellebores in Washington Arboretum

While the quad at the University of Washington is famous for its blooming cherry trees in the spring, if one seeks fluttery pink petals without hallowed public ivy brick facades and a visual onslaught of girls in Uggs and tight jeans, there are alternatives! One of my favorite green spaces to visit in Seattle is the Washington Park Arboretum.

My sister (a recent transplant to Seattle from NJ) recently saw a hellebore and asked about its name, as it’s a plant that doesn’t seem to be as common in the Northeast USA as it is in the Pacific Northwest. Also commonly known as Lenten Rose, it has an elegant and unusual look to its flowers, and comes in a palate of colors from ranging from white to a carbon purple-grey, blushed pink to dark magenta. It doesn’t scream for attention, but if you’re close enough it entices you to step closer to investigate.

There is also a magic bridge, which Leila uses to fish from using a fir bough.

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