Bright Blooms in the Osborne Garden

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    • Azalea in bloom in the Osborne garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Azalea in bloom in the Osborne garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • The Azaleas in the Osborne garden are in bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.The Azaleas in the Osborne garden are in bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Blooming wisteria on a pergola in the Osborne Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene. Blooming wisteria on a pergola in the Osborne Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Incredible color combination on display in the Osborne Garden as the azaleas burst into bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Incredible color combination on display in the Osborne Garden as the azaleas burst into bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Bountiful blossoms on an azalea in the Osborne Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Bountiful blossoms on an azalea in the Osborne Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • The Osborne Garden of BBG with azaleas in bloom and the fountain and "whispering benches" in the distance. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.The Osborne Garden of BBG with azaleas in bloom and the fountain and "whispering benches" in the distance. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.

    Azaleas, wisteria, and rhododendrons are in bloom in the Osborne Garden offering a stunning kaleidoscope of color.

    The Osborne Garden was originally designed in 1935 by landscape architect Harold Caparn and dedicated to Dean Clay Osborne in 1939 by his wife Sade Elizabeth Osborne. It was designed as a showcase for ornamental plants and built in part by laborers in the Civil Works Administration and the Works Progress Administration. 1947, landscape architect Alice Recknagel Ireys designed plantings of large masses of white, red, and pink azaleas, rhododendrons, wisterias, and evergreens to frame the central lawn. Today, this three-acre, Italian-style formal garden is maintained by curator Dan Ryniec who has been with BBG for over 30 years.

    When you come to admire the azaleas and other blooms within the Osborne, be sure to take time to rest on the semicircle of limestone benches near the fountain. Sit at one end and you can whisper clearly to someone sitting at the opposite side. These “whispering benches” are a much beloved feature of the Osborne Garden and great place to sit back and take in the beauty of thousands of spring blossoms.


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