Springtime Blooms at Heritage
Heritage in the spring is magical! One hundred acres of rhododendrons help make it magical, but there are plenty of other garden delights to experience when you visit. Spring wonders in the world of plants can be found while walking our gardens.
One of the first things visitors see at Heritage is the Flume. In the spring, it’s made even more spectacular by hundreds of colorful pansies. Along the Promenade you’ll find the first of many Magnolis stellata, the Star Magnolia. These early spring, white Magnolias are beautiful and are scattered throughout the Gardens. Throughout the gardens in the spring, there are thousands of narcissus in a variety of colors. While walking toward this season’s special exhibit, Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views, you’ll pass Pieris japonica in full flower and, just around the corner, its native cousin, Pieris floribunda. Another area to be enjoyed is the Heather Garden, located in the Arbor Bowl. These early flowering plants are beautiful in shades of pink through purple.
If you venture to the area behind Hidden Hollow, you’ll encounter some of the oldest rhododendrons at Heritage. This grove of plants, Rhododendron fortunei, are probably parents of many of the rhododendrons found at Heritage, are over 30’ tall, and just coming into flower. Charles Dexter planted these rhododendrons in the 1920s and used this species in many of his crosses. By mid-May the rhododendrons that Heritage is famous for will be in peak flower. Don’t miss the Rhododendron Festival, Saturday, May 27, through Sunday, June 4. This will soon be followed by spectacular blooms in our hydrangea collection, one of the best in the country, and you won’t want to miss the Hydrangea Festival, Friday, July 7, through Sunday, July 16.
Behind the scenes, the Heritage horticulture team works hard to prepare Heritage for a season of springtime blooms. Annuals are sown and growing in the greenhouse, and will be planted in the garden later in May, once the threat of cold weather has passed.
There’s always something blooming at Heritage. Check out Heritage’s Bloom Calendar to see when your favorite flowers, trees and plants are in bloom.