Spring is finally here. Some days will be chilly and others will be breathtaking. The outdoor gardens are starting to awaken.
Plants are still blooming in the greenhouses. The bromeliads and other seasonal plants like bulbs and florist’s favorites brighten the greenhouses. So be sure to browse indoors as well.
As you enter the gardens look to your left behind the birches to see the magnolias starting to bloom. The redbuds will be starting too.
The perennials are barely awake, but stroll over to the giant beech tree at the back of the Summer Garden. Walk up the steps and notice the basket of gold alyssum blooming this month. Follow the path at the top of the stairs to your left. The back side of the greenhouse looks out on the Rose Maze. Along the back gardens you’ll find a lovely dwarf forsythia in bloom. The nearby flowering quinces will be starting later in the month. Keep checking this area all spring for some delightful surprises you can add to your garden.
Follow the path around the greenhouse to your right and check out the red and white hellebores in bloom at the base of the big magnolia and the rock waterfall. Once you are in front of the conservatory walk through the wooden fence and look at the rain garden against the office building. This garden was built to handle excessive rainfall preventing the sidewalk from flooding. All the plants are selected for survivability with temporary flooding. In April you’ll see early spring perennials like native columbine, white bleeding heart and Labrador violets in bloom. By late April the hummingbirds could be visiting the columbines.