Bloom Report

New and Notable in Willowwood’s Gardens.



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  • Spring! March 2016

    -- Posted 03/02/2016 by Webmaster --
    Spring is on its way to Willowwood! Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) and snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) are out in full force now, especially in the Cottage Garden and the Rockery. The Cottage Garden looks as though it is covered in a bright yellow carpet: winter aconite has naturalized beautifully there. Crocuses are just beginning to make ...
  • Witch Hazels Flowering – January 2016

    -- Posted 01/16/2016 by Webmaster --
    Hamamelis ‘Jelena’ (closeup) Sara Perzley of the Parks Commission writes (and sends the beautiful pictures): “Thought I’d send these photos of the two witch hazels between the Cottage Garden and the drive in front of the Tubbs House…they’re in flower and looking lovely. I wouldn’t have expected blooms until mid to late February, but I guess they ...
  • Early Winter Highlights — December 2015

    -- Posted 12/10/2015 by Webmaster --
    w. ‘Winter Gold’ The official start of winter is only a few weeks away. Willowwood is entering a quieter season, but there are still highlights in the gardens and surrounding landscape to notice and enjoy on your next visit. The arboretum’s subtle, early winter color palette is greatly enlivened by its many winterberries (Ilex verticillata), some of ...
  • October 2015 Bloom Report

    -- Posted 09/28/2015 by Webmaster --
    There is a Fall Open House scheduled for Sunday October 4, 2015 from Noon to 4 pm with garden tours and the Tubbs House is open — but if you can’t visit then, come any day to the Arboretum 8 am to dusk and enjoy these beautiful gardens. Judy Schaible, Superintendent of Horticulture at Willowwood, has ...
  • Spring is really here and blooming! May 8, 2015

    -- Posted 05/08/2015 by Webmaster --
    Willowwood is just about to hit peak spring bloom! The Cherries, Crabapples, Magnolias and Serviceberries are all in bloom. Many of the flowering shrubs such as Viburnums, Daphnes and Azaleas are in flower. Enjoy the beauty of the flowers but don’t forget to check out their scent. The wooded trails are filled with blue Ajuga and the tiny ...
  • Pale Pink Magnolia sprengeri in Bloom! 4/23/15

    -- Posted 04/23/2015 by Webmaster --
    The pale pink Magnolia sprengeri, John Beirne’s favorite magnolia, is in full bloom on the hillside above Lois Poinier’s azaleas (on the road just past the Tubbs House). It only lasts a few days; don’t miss it (could be frosty, tonight)!
  • Blooming! Week of April 20, 2015

    -- Posted 04/20/2015 by Webmaster --
    Bloom Report Monday April 20: Raining now but the sun is coming out tomorrow…. The Narcissus plantings along the entrance drive are coming into full bloom and the cooler temps should help them last longer. Around the gardens you’ll find Hyacinths, Narcissus and blue Scilla siberica in bloom. The early perennials –Hellebores( Lenten Rose), Pulmonaria ( ...
  • Sun and Blooms at Willowwood April 10

    -- Posted 04/10/2015 by Webmaster --
    I am sure if you are looking out the window you would think that Spring is never going to arrive. But the weather forecasters say the weekend is going to be warmer and SUNNY. So if you are in the mood for a walk, Willowwood has started to look like Spring. Bloom wise -the ...
  • Spring is arriving at Willowwood 3.30.15

    -- Posted 03/28/2015 by Webmaster --
    Despite the cold there are some wonderful signs that Spring is on its way at Willowwood: Bright yellow winter aconite is brightening up the Cottage Garden and some Chionodoxa lucilea (Glory–of-the-Snow)in bloom by the Conservatory. The Hamamelis (Witchhazel or sometimes called ‘winter bloom’) are in bloom! You can find two of these very fragrant shrubs across ...
  • Winter at Willowwood

    -- Posted 01/08/2015 by Webmaster --
    One would think that Willowwood, so very beautiful Spring through Fall, is not the place to visit during Winter. Yet, on quietly still days, without the bustle of winds or bitter chill, there are birders, walkers, hikers, photographers and others who enjoy the solitude of the day. Various animals who normally hide within ...