A surprising spectrum of color at Polly Hill

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Mahonia bealei. — Photo by Sam Moore

Even a nice shade of brown can be comforting in the winter. Under gray skies on Saturday morning, Polly Hill Arboretum plant propagator Brian McGowan led a large group on a tour through the subtler botanical pleasures of a wintry garden. From indigenous staples to exotic cultivars, the winter walkers passed by a surprising spectrum of color. Every second glance was rewarded by a small detail or vibrant accent. For those whose seasonal affect tilts toward gloom, a winter plant walk is a rare chance for invigoration.

Polly Hill’s winter walks are on the second Saturday of each month through March. For more information, visit pollyhillarboretum.org.