United States of America, Maryland, Montgomery County, Bethesda
Perkins Azalea Garden (Bethesda, Maryland)
Located on the campus of the Landon School, this 2.5 acre garden contains 10,000 azaleas of more than 500 varieties, including Glenn Dales, Chugai hybrids, Kurumes, and Southern Indian hybrids. The garden is named in honor of Tharon and Milo Perkins, who began the garden in the mid-1940s as a memorial to their two sons, both Landon graduates. The original garden design was created by local landscape architect Rose Greely; the Landon School acquired the property in 1954. In addition to the azaleas, many of which were propagated by the Perkins's (Mr. Perkins co-authored The Azalea Handbook), the gardens also include rhododendrons, rare tree peonies, Pieris, boxwood, perennials of all types, a collection of wildflowers, and a variety of hardwoods.
Unique to the garden are the names of the 30 distinct, numbered beds, originally chosen by Mr. and Mrs. Perkins to be descriptive of physical, botanical, and other attributes of the individual sites.
Persons associated with the property include: Charles E. Wainwright (former owner); George B. Springston (former owner); Charles R. and Hilda J. French (former owners); Milo and Tharon Perkins (former owners); Rose Greely (landscape designer); Frederick P. Lee (horticulturist); Ben Y. Morrison (horticulturist); Albert Close (horticulturist); and Wilmer Foster (gardener).
The folder includes a worksheet, a copy of the garden plan, and two brochures about the garden. The garden is noted for its outstanding azaleas; other plantings complement this focus.