PHOTOS: Bryan Park Azalea Garden in bloom

By Phil Riggan – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -The bees were buzzing and families were picnicking among the thousands of colored azaleas in the garden at Richmond's Joseph Bryan Park this past weekend.

While you're there, check the newly restored pond and fountain in the center of the garden.

The 17-acre Azalea Garden was started in 1952 by Robert E. Harvey, a former Richmond Recreation and Parks Superintendent of Grounds and Structures, according to the website.

Every year the Azalea Garden is open to driving visitors from April 1 to May 15 -- it is closed to vehicle traffic the rest of the year.

The park is located in Richmond's Northside, on the edge of the Henrico County line. Enter the main Bryan Park gate at Hermitage Road/Lakeside Avenue and follow the signs to the Azalea Garden.

The Richmond Department of Public Works has an adopt-a-bed program to help maintain the azaleas. Are you an individual or a group who would be interested in caring for a bed? Contact the City of Richmond at (804) 646-7000.

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