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Azalea Expedition: Vaseyi on the Blue Ridge Parkway

May 11 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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May 11


9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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FIELD | Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

All it takes is a short drive to discover botanical treasures, such as the bubblegum-flowered Rhododendron vaseyi, the pinkshell azalea! This endemic species grows only in a narrow range in the highlands of Western North Carolina. With bright trusses in colors ranging from snowy white to deep pink, the pinkshells put on one of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s most spectacular flower displays. Early May is the best time to go looking for these beautiful Rhododendron and the fantastic plants that grow alongside them, including mountain andromeda and the Carolina rhododendron, and an array of ephemeral wildflowers like trilliums, trout lilies, and bleeding-hearts.

Horticulturist and plant ecologist Carson Ellis, curator of the Arboretum’s National Native Azalea Garden, will lead this day-long field experience to convey the exceptional plant diversity of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Learn more and Register for open classes: https://www.ncarboretum.org/education-programs/adult-education-classes/