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  Seattle Area Aroiding?
From: Don Burns <burns at mobot.org> on 1997.10.15 at 06:31:15(1437)
Aroiders,

I am headed to Victoria, BC this weekend, returning late next week via
Seattle. Is anyone aware of good plant places to visit within reasonable
distance of the Seattle airport? I have a four hour layover there on the
return trip late next week.

Don

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From: dmartin at cdmas.crc.fmlh.edu (Don Martinson) on 1997.10.15 at 11:00:09(1440)
>Aroiders,
>
>I am headed to Victoria, BC this weekend, returning late next week via
>Seattle. Is anyone aware of good plant places to visit within reasonable
>distance of the Seattle airport? I have a four hour layover there on the
>return trip late next week.

Ooooh! Four hours you say? I was just out to Seattle and had a chance to
visit Heronswood Nursery (Dan Hinkley, et al.). I spent 2 hrs exploring
their display gardens and sales area.
A great place to visit, but you have to ferry across from Edmonds (north
suburb of Seattle) to Kingston, so not knowing where the Seattle airport is
and from my experience on their freeway system (crowded), this might not be
feasible for you. However, for more information, you can visit their web
site at: www.eskimo.com/~mcalpin/heron/heron.html

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From: "Robert Wagner" <robwagner at robwagner.seanet.com> on 1997.10.15 at 22:08:45(1444)
Hello! Hmm, a four hour layover is not going to get you far--the airport is
southwest of the city's center, and betwixt it and anyplace I think you'd
enjoy is some of the worst traffic in North America. The city is shaped
like an hourglass, the airport sits on a bluff without a lot of connections
down to the lowlands, and the zoning laws encourage inefficient building
patterns.

Just to kill the time you might be able to make it to Furney's Nursery in
Sea-Tac (that's right, a town named after the airport). Plan your trip
carefully, with a map, if you decide to go for it! You are unlikely to find
anything to take home though they do have a hothouse. The local landscaping
flora is largely (well, the interesting stuff anyway) Sino-Himalayan and
Southern Hemisphere--intolerant of extremes of heat or cold. Rhododendrons
are common here like Azaleas in Mobile or that shrubby Siberian Honeysuckle
all over Montreal. Almost everyone has at least one.

If you were here in February, you could see our one and only native Aroid
(a Lysichiton species) blooming away. In a wet shady spot the leaves can
reach roughly 3 feet long and maybe 18 inches accross.

Robert

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