We’re entering the second week of May with numerous plants flowering in the relatively cool weather. In fact, there are so many varieties of trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials in flower that they can’t all be mentioned. You’ll have to come experience them in person, but there are a few standouts that should be highlighted. First of all, the lilacs (Syringa sp.) are blooming now and their amazing fragrance permeates throughout the entire arboretum. Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) covers the arbors with cascading clusters of blue-violet flowers. It’s quite a treat for visitors entering the grounds from the parking lot. While meandering the trails and gardens, also look for dogwood (Cornus florida), red buckeye (Aesculus pavia), native azaleas (Rhododendron sp.), spring wildflowers, and so much more!
Willowwood Arboretum is open daily 8 am to dusk and will be open Mother’s Day. Bring Mom, take pictures with the Spring flowers and stroll through the Lilacs (wear your wellies!) and take the self guided cell phone tour. Plus from noon to four pm, we will be selling two interesting varieties of lilacs – a very pretty yellow lilac and a lovely lavender with white edging.