Long Mountain Nursery Arboretum
The Antonys began planting their azalea arboretum in 1980, several
years before moving full time to Long Mountain. In those days, to keep the plants
watered during the summers, they hauled 5-gallon containers full of water up
the mountain from our pond. Later, they had a well drilled and eventually ran
a water line up from the barn, installing an extensive drip irrigation system.
In excess of 500-azalea varieties now cover the top of the mountain and its
western slope. Not only does the spot provide a beautiful setting for painters
or photographers alike, it offers a pleasant diversion for the visitor who can
walk the marked paths through mature specimens, many more than two decades old.
The lightly wooded setting provides enough shade to make a visit pleasant even
during a warm spring day. Benches provide resting places for the weary or for
those who choose to linger a bit longer.
A map (in PDF format) is available here