Spring has arrived at the gardens. The bulb stream is in full bloom, with 35,000 grape hyacinths and 1,500 daffodils (narcissus). Flowering cherries (Prunus serrulata and Prunus subhirtella) covered with delicate pale pink flowers are scattered around the gardens. Flowering dogwoods (Cornus florida) in the Windmill Garden will start to flower by mid-May. Showy crabapples (Malus species) will soon be covered in countless white and pink blossoms.
This month the Dexter rhododendrons will be in full bloom. Internationally-known rhododendron breeder Charles Owen Dexter collected rhododendrons from all over the world and propagated hardy plants with large, fragrant flowers in clear colors. Today, these world famous rhododendrons are spread over all 100 acres of Heritage Museums & Gardens. The best time to see these spectacular plants is during Rhododendron Festival, May 16-24.
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.