Judging Azaleas – Adams Morgan/Mt. Pleasant

I know we normally judge buildings/architecture in this slot but the azaleas were in full effect around town this weekend. The ones shown are amazing every single year – it is from the 1700/1600 block of Harvard St, NW.

Incidentally the arboretum is also having a big event this weekend:

FONA Garden Fair and Plant Sale

Really great plant sale this weekend!!! Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, remainders (if any) sold Sunday, May 1. Held at the US National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave NE, off Bladensburg Rd.

This annual event from the Friends of the National Arboretum is a long-standing favorite among serious and weekend gardeners alike – with affordable prices and the widest range of plants and vendors of any gardening event in Washington, D.C. Buy new, rare and hard-to-find plants, with offerings from the finest specialty nurseries in the region and more local plant societies than ever before. A great opportunity to get advice from National Arboretum horticulturists, FONA master gardeners, landscape designers and other local experts. Also fun and educational activities for children, music performances, food vendors, and garden accessories.

The fair coincides with the Arboretum’s spectacular display of more than 10,000 azaleas, so bring your friends, bring the family, and make a day of it!

HOURS: “Members Only” on Friday April 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (but you can join at the door or in advance at www.fona.org.)

Open to the public on Friday April 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday April 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any remainders will be sold Sunday May 1 from 9a.m. to 12 noon.

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  • But Prince, what’s the fun of judging azaleas? are we really likely to find a big contingent of folks to take the anti-azalea side of the debate?

    • I hate azaleas! Non-native invaders! Short burst of beauty, then just a bunch of brown, dried out leaves!
      How’s that?

    • Looks like cheap, Home Depot azaleas in the picture.

    • ah

      We can judge these azaleas, which need a good trimming. Not to turn them into manicured shrubs, but to give them a little shape.

      And while they’re at it they can weed the hillside they’re planted on.

  • Mad Love from PoP for my block of Harvard St. NW today. A house AND flowers? you should see the azaleas by our door!

  • i’m anti-azalea. true. i removed most of them from my yard since every other freaking front yard on my block/in this city seem to think they’re the only schrub worth planting. other than a short window of glam in the spring they are BORING plants.

    let the flames begin!

  • leaves and flowers of the plant are toxic to dogs, FYI.
    Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, hypersalivation, hypotension, coma and death.

  • The azaleas are very pretty, however Gray’s record on crime isn’t! A 10% increase in homicides this year can not be ignored for much longer. Don’t forget to vote in the recall election next spring!

  • has anyone ever been to the plant sale at the arboretum? do they have veggies and herbs or just flowers/bushes/etc? also, how do their prices compare to other spots around town?

  • saf

    Franciscan plant sale this weekend too!

  • This weekend is also the Herb & Plant sale by the Fanciscan Monastery Garden Guild:

  • You realize those are Miss Manners’s Azaleas right? (For real, she lives there)

  • I used to live right across the street from those azaleas and could see them out the window of my sunroom. Talk about a room with a view- too bad it only lasted a few weeks of the year…

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