Washington Park Arboretum Winter Garden: Green Therapy for Seasonal Blues Professional Review and Guide
"The Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum is a good place to lose the post-holiday grayness of January, free therapy for the winter blahs that vex even the sturdiest of Northwesterners. Here, protected by an amphitheater of native conifers, the garden provides a sensual concerto. Towering relatives of Oregon grape, Mahonia, known as “Arthur Menzies,” spout tropical-looking sprays of yellow flowers. And a veil of Chinese witch hazel (Hamamelis) embraces the visitor with branches so golden they could be confused with stray arches of sunlight.
These are two of the showiest of this garden’s offerings, which has more than one hundred species to help awaken your inner landscape. Arboretum gardeners who work among the blossoms report an inexplicable sense of wellbeing, a feeling of being refreshed. The strong scents of the flowers attract more than just human noses. Anna’s hummingbirds dart among the florets, sipping nectar, or chatter from high perches standing out in dramatic relief against the white winter sky. Townsend’s warblers, the males with arresting black masks over brilliant yellow faces, are also drawn to the abundant blooms."