In Bloom

May 10, 2013

Plant name: Fremontodendron californicum

Location: In a container in front of the Cottage.

Plant notes: Also known as flannelbush, this plant is native to southwestern US and northern Mexico.  It has amazing and vivid yellow flowers that stay vibrant for most of May.





March 25, 2013


Plant name: Ribes roezlii var cruentum

Location: Rockbed in Meadow near nursery area.

Plant Notes: Also known as Sierra gooseberry. Native to Oregon and California.




March 10, 2013


Plant name: Cornus mas

Location: Entryway

Plant Notes: Cornus mas, or Cornelian cherry, is a small deciduous shrub that adds excellent color to the early spring garden.  Our specimen was grown from seed by Dr. Kruckeberg in 1967.  It has been pruned artistically to its signature shape and is now a highlight of the entryway to KBG.


February 20, 2013

R._nobleanumPlant Name: Rhododendron 'nobleanum'


Location: Upper Garden near the Parking Lot

Plant Notes: Rhododendron 'nobleanum' group is one of the earliest Rhododendron hybrids, dating back to the 1800s. It blooms very early...visitors to KBG noticed its first large pink blossoms in January! This specimen was obtained from Carl English himself, who gave it to Art and Mareen as a gift from his collection.

February 4, 2013


Plant Name:  Mahonia x media 'Arthur Menzies'

Location: Upper Garden in Mahonia Lane

Plant Notes: Mahonia x media 'Arthur Menzies' is an ornamental evergreen shrub that is an excellent planting for a winter garden. Unlike the PNW natives in the same genus, the cultivar 'Arthur Menzies' has large, distinct whorls of compound leaves on upright stems up to 6 feet high. Golden flowers blossom in winter and develop into the familiar “grapes” by late summer. The 'Arthur Menzies' hybrid was identified at Seattle's Washington Park Arboretum. It was named by Washington Park Arboretum curator Brian Mulligan for his colleague Arthur Menzies, whose garden produced the original seed. KBG’s specimen is currently growing – and blooming – in Mahonia lane in the upper garden.