October at the Arboretum
During October see the blue-lavender blooms of the aromatic asters (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium and cultivars ‘Raydon’s Favorite’, ‘October Skies’, and ‘Fanny’s Aster’) by the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center, in the Display Garden, the Butterfly Garden, Suzanne and Jonathan Dick Streamside Meadow and at Lantern Court. At Lantern Court see Hubei anemone (Anemone hupehensis) near the front of the house and Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ along the drive. Check out the roses at the Lantern Court rose garden while some still have fragrant flowers. The last flower to come into bloom in the Butterfly Garden, Display Garden, and Lantern Court is the Tatarian aster (Aster tataricus ‘Jindai’).
Check out the beautiful silvery plumes of flame grass (Miscanthus ‘Purpurascens’) and the arching plumes of fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Moudry’) in the Sally Gries Entry Garden along Sperry Road. There are more fountain grasses in the Display Garden and on the south side are switch grasses (Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’). In the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden, Jr. Butterfly Garden check out the tall moor grass (Molinia caerulea ‘Skyracer’) with its wispy plumes and yellow fall foliage. Purple beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Issai’) is at Lantern Court west of the rose garden and east of the drive and the big yellow buckeye (Aesculus flava). Enjoy the red, orange and yellow fruit displays of the winterberry hollies (Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’, ‘Aurantiaca’, and ‘Chrysocarpa’) near the Visitor Center and around Blueberry Pond.
Be sure to enjoy the marvelous fall foliage of our maple (Acer), sweetgum (Liquidambar), sourwood (Oxydendrum), sassafras (Sassafras), Stewartia, tupelo (Nyssa), birch (Betula), and tuliptrees (Liriodendron) in the gardens, woods, fields, and around the ponds. Take a walk along the “Leaf Trail” and make a collection of colorful fallen leaves. See the brilliant orange-red and red foliage of the redvein enkianthus and white enkianthus (Enkianthus campanulatus and E. perulatus) in the Linda and Eliot Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden and the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden. The white enkianthus is beneath the upright white pine on the way to the Murch Canopy Walk.