Blue camas

Bed 523-the Camas bed-is one of the earliest landscape beds in the park, dating back to the era of Miss Sally Bush at the turn of the 20th Century. It originally contained bearded iris, but transitioned to a tree and shrub bed between the 1930’s and 1960’s. Currently, the bed contains:


  • Magnolia soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia)
  • Malus sp. (self-sown)

Shrubs & Subshrubs

  • Camellia sasanqua ‘White Doves’
  • Disanthus cercidipholius (Redbud Hazel)
  • Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’ (Nikko Slender Deutzia)
  • Rhododendron sp. (Exbury Deciduous Azaleas)
  • Cryptomeria japonica cvs.
  • Rhododendron ‘Yak-Pac’
  • Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (‘Ruby Slippers’ Oakleaf Hydrangea’
  • Rhododendron schlippenbachii ‘Sid’s Pink’ (Sid’s Pink’ Royal Azalea)


  • Polystichum munitum (Western Sword Fern)


  • Camasia leichtlinii