~ Rhodie ~ In Praise of the Coast Rhododendron ~

“In 1892, before they had the right to vote, Washington women selected the coast rhododendron as the state flower. They wanted an official flower to enter in a floral exhibit at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Six flowers were considered, but the final decision was narrowed to clover and the “rhodie,” and voting booths were set up for ladies throughout the state. When the ballots were counted, the rhododendron had been chosen as the Washington state flower.”*

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Rhododendron macrophyllum

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Rhododendron macrophyllum

The ladies got it right.

Cheers to gaining, maintaining and retaining the right to vote!

*http://www.50states.com/flower/washington.htm

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3 Responses to ~ Rhodie ~ In Praise of the Coast Rhododendron ~

  1. My jaw literally dropped! B E A U T I F U L ! Those gals knew what they were doing. I bet they’d be envious of your rhodies!

    • Lindy Le Coq says:

      It’s funny, I posted this and later saw your request for more ‘whole garden’ shots! This is not the whole garden as it isn’t possible to get everything into one shot, but I’ll keep adding photos so you get the picture!

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