It's Rhododendron season here is Seattle which is very exciting because the large clumps of colorful flowers are everywhere you turn. While we can enjoy many sizes and varieties in our own garden and around the neighborhood, I always try to get to the University of Washington Botanical Gardens mid-spring to wander the Rhododendron Glade. Their varied and ancient collection of these gorgeous evergreen shrubs never ceases to amaze. The very best part is that "Dogs are more than welcome at both sites of the UWBG as long as they are on a leash and get picked up after."
Weather wise, we didn't exactly pick the best day to go to an arboretum but I suppose it depends on what kind of weather you like. We all loved that we only saw six other people the whole time we hiked this city park. I cheered the lightening and thunder (partly so the dogs would be brave and partly because I really love lightening and thunder.) The unique variety of gigantic trees swaying in the wind gusts was thrilling and the downpours were so very Cascadian.
The weather changed again before our arboretum visit was over but none of us minded at all. Even the mother duck and her ducklings on the pond enjoyed us appreciating the rain. The dogs were