Sunday, March 10, 2013

This Way to Freeway Park

Right in the middle of downtown Seattle, Freeway park is a jungle of plants within a jungle of concrete.  It was built in 1976 - and has dutifully reclaimed and reconnected the land that I-5 split apart when the freeway opened in 1967.

While walking to the NW Flower & Garden Show a couple weeks ago, some of the newer plantings in the park caught my attention and I stopped to snap a few photos.

The fragrant Sarcococca humilis enchants the winter air.
Especially in such a mass planting.
Ophiopogon japonicus
This dual-colored Camellia japonica wasn't actually in Freeway Park, but close enough.
Nice clumps of hellebores
Liriope muscari
Cornus mas
Arum italicum
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis sp.)
Edible Italian kale (Brassica oleracea 'Nero Di Toscana') looking primed for harvest
The next time you're in downtown Seattle, it's worth checking out!  Click here for directions.

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