From Heritage’s Director of Horticulture Les Lutz:
With the recent spell of warmer weather, spring is upon us. I took a tour of the Gardens on March 31 and there are actually rhododendrons coming into flower! Wow. In my five years at Heritage Museums & Gardens, I’ve never seen a rhododendron in flower in March. I’d say that the Gardens, in general, are about 3 weeks ahead of most years.
Throughout the Gardens there are bulbs popping up everywhere including narcissus (daffodil), crocus and the bulb stream, with its 35,000 grape hyacinths starting to show color, so the bulb stream should be in flower by opening weekend, April 16.
Heritage is well known for its spectacular collection of rhododendrons and this should prove to be the best flowering season in the last several years. The mild winter has been kind to the entire Gardens but rhododendrons, in particular, have a much higher bud count than the last several seasons.
It’s much too early to know for sure, but I’d say that the same holds true for our Hydrangea collection, which is actively growing and to date, is looking great.
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.