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 The earth reached and passed its vernal equinox in mid-March; quietly, without much fanfare amidst the turmoil of human events, Spring is here. While cultivated flowerbeds are still dormant the mostly woodland Tawes Garden offers ample proof of the season in naturalized plantings under the trees. Daffodils star the ground beneath the tiny, acid-yellow blooms of the native Spicebush, while Virginia Bluebells have spread in vast colonies nearby. Although the latter's overall effect is blue, a closer look reveals the rosy pink buds. The golden blooms of Wood Poppy, one of our showiest regional natives, appear soon afterward. But not all of the action is at ground level: luxuriant pink Rhododendron blossoms and a tall white Star Magnolia lead the eye upward to the Spring sky. And by early May, sun shining through the trees' new foliage dapples a path to entice strollers. Apart and serene, Spring in the Garden unfolds.

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