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Witchhazel Brightens A Gray Garden

(credit: Paul Meyer, Morris Arboretum)

(credit: Paul Meyer, Morris Arboretum)

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By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Flowers in winter gardens are few and far between, but witchhazels are one large shrub that blooms when everything else looks drab or dead. Our United States native witchhazels bloomed back in November, so this time of year, it’s the bright colors of witchhazels from Asia that stand out on bare branches with fun, squiggly-looking flowers ranging from deep red, to orange, pink and yellow.

And this Sunday, February 17, from 1-3pm, you can see how easy it is to spot these flowers at the Morris Arboretum, in a scavenger hunt to discover all the witchhazels in their excellent collection. It’s a great chance to get outside, take a walk, explore the gardens and compare the different witchhazel flower shapes, colors and scents – get a good sniff they smell great.

If you can’t make it to the Morris Arboretum on Sunday, stop by anytime this month – link to their witchhazel map