The Arboretum is a serene place to walk while learning what grows in the local area you visit or live in. Below I hope you enjoy photos taken on an early March stroll at the Arboretum in Wilmington in SE North Carolina. When you visit, why not make an arboretum your MUST "go to."
According to Wikipedia, an arboretum "in a general sense is a botanical collection composed exclusively of trees. More commonly a modern arboretum is a botanical garden. . ."
Camellias, evergreen shrubs, are found in bloom most of the winter. The flowers grow on bushes or small trees and are come in about 300 species and 3,000 hybrids or cultivars. The area even boasts a Camellia festival annually. The camellia enthusiasts will tell you there are way more than 3,000--varieties.
The plant is in the tea family. Who knew? I always learn something new when I visit an arboretum. (Make sure you look up how to handle the leaves first before you enjoy your camellia tea though.) Below are a few varieties from the New Hanover County Arboretum.
Other flowers that winter over well are these joyful pansies.
Spring blooms come early.
More surprises include a koi pond, a Japanese contemplation garden and tea house, waterfalls, and a children's playhouse.
Where is your favorite arboretum? What's your favorite part of that arboretum?