|Form and structure in the Leventritt Shrub & Vine Garden
|Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’ fruit
|Hydrangea arborescens seed head
|The view down one side of the Leventritt Shrub & Vine Garden (love the stone work)
|Clematis vine seed heads on a steel trellis
After leaving the shrub and vine garden I continued up towards the top of Bussey Hill, an area bearing the name of Benjamin Bussey, who bequeathed the land that is now the Arboretuem. This hill offers nice views and a welcome place to rest.
|At the top of Bussey Hill
From there, I wandered downhill and specifically wanted to check out the conifer collection. The conifer path is a gravel path through stands of pines, spruces, firs, larches and other conifers. Conifers are cone bearing trees, and they’re not all evergreen! In fact Larches are one (gorgeous) example of a deciduous conifer.
|A rocky out-croping and evergreens on the Conifer Path
|Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Gracilis’ on the Conifer Path
|Cones of the deciduous Larch Tree
After coming down from the Conifer Path I walked back around toward the three ponds near the Bradley Rosaceous Collection. There I snapped this picture, of a beautiful flowering Witch Hazel. Mid January and this tree is in full bloom with it’s fiery flowers.
|Hammemalis vernalis in bloom
The Hunnewell Visitor Center, at the entrance, is open in the afternoons through the winter. This building houses the horticultural library, and is the site for a variety of different classes (many offered to the public).
|The Hunnewell Visitor Center