We have rhododendrons in the UK and we're very proud of them, but when I went to the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley yesterday, my heart stopped - the Asian garden there is just magnificent and I saw blooms that just made me want to scream with joy!! What an enchanting garden this is, and how lucky I was to see it in full bloom. In all honesty, I've never been a fan of rhododendrons before, but this garden made my whole trip to the West Coast something to remember!
Everywhere you look in the Asian Garden at this time of year, there are magnificent camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias, sourced from India, China and other Far Eastern countries. It's an astounding collection and well worth making a special visit for.
As you wander through this section of the garden, keep your eyes up, because every tree has fantastic blooms, and this is just one part of the garden - elsewhere you will find plants from Africa, South America, South Africa, and Central America to name just a few of the collections.
I'll be doing a full review when I get settled back in Florida, but I wanted to get these pictures up so that those of you within reach of this beautiful garden can get there to see the flowers in bloom right now. It certainly convinced me that rhododendrons are fantastic!
And, on a different subject, have you all been having problems with Blotanical?? I haven't been able to access the site for several days now.