As the warm weather arrives this week, now is the time to visit Willowwood.
Believe it or not, there are still daffodils in bloom. The bright yellow Lois, Elizabeth and Golden Sun Magnolias (near the field parking areas on both sides of the drive) are in full bloom and are just exquisite.
The first early Lilacs are just beginning their bloom. We are about two weeks late due to Mother Nature this year, so we expected the Lilac Bloom season to be starting peak a bit later this month – but we will keep you advised!
The Crabapples and Viburnums throughout the gardens and collections look and smell wonderful. Many spring flowering perennials such as Epimediums, Bleeding Hearts and Primroses are flowering. If you walk the trails to the Pasture Hillside or through Monarda Meadow you’ll see lots of small, pink Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginiana) in bloom.
And the creamy white tulips by the Stone Barn are in bloom as are some wonderful fringed Purple Hybrid Darwin tulips blooming by the Propagation House.
Finally, the cell phone tour is up and running. Just bring your cell phone to Willowwood Arboretum and enjoy a free 1-hour long tour of the grounds by simply dialing a number and listening. Signs at each stop provide the local phone number. And there are cards in the directory by the main parking lot with full instructions and map. Have fun!