|Azaleas and Rhododendrons at Dawyck (2003) : Wall hanging,acrylic on calico (180 x 130cm)|
|Azaleas, Dawyck Botanic Garden, Scottish Borders, May 2011.|
|Pathway with Dawyck House in the background.|
|Wild azaleas, Mt.Katsuragi-san, Japan.|
Photo by Cosmos.
The Dawyck arboretum, gifted to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 1979 by the owner of Dawyck estate,contains many historic and interesting trees and shrubs. The collection was begun over 300 years ago by the Naesmyth family,the then owners of the estate. As azaleas are likely to have been brought to Scotland from China and Japan by plant hunters in the 18th and 19th centuries,I thought it would be interesting to show this amazing expanse of wild azaleas on Mt.Katsuragi-san in Japan.My thanks to Cosmos for kindly letting me show her photo.