The Stanford Gardens: Part I

Stanford Hospital puts a lot of effort into its landscaping. For example, on my first day at work, back in July, I ate lunch outside by the front entrance fountain. Here was my view:

And this was to my left:

Flowers galore

Almost like being on vacation at a resort, right?

Ha. That was the last time that I was able to eat lunch outside. Oh well.

There is also a nice roof deck on the new hospital, that, if I had time to take a break, I would enjoy.

They’ve planted it up with pretty mature plants, considering that the new hospital opened just a little over 6 months ago.

The photo below is a close-up of the leaves of my favorite plant in the roof garden (it’s also the dark tree/shrub on the left side of the photo above)

I can’t figure out what it is. Maybe a tri-color beech? I don’t think that’s right, but that’s the closest thing I could come up with. Does anyone know?

2 thoughts on “The Stanford Gardens: Part I”

  1. Both of my plant ID iphone apps (iNaturalist and iplant) think it’s a smoketree, Cotinus coggygria. It looks right to me, but I can’t find any pictures on the internet with that yellowish border on the leaves. Maybe it’s a weird hybrid or something?

    1. It’s actually a pink border, not yellow. I’m not convinced it’s a smoketree/bush either. It doesn’t have any of the fluffy “smoke” part. Could be related though…

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