Blooming Right Along

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    • Young visitors admire the beds along Magnolia Plaza. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.Young visitors admire the beds along Magnolia Plaza. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.
    • Bulbs bloom in the beds along Magnolia Plaza. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.Bulbs bloom in the beds along Magnolia Plaza. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.
    • Bulbs bloom in Annual Border. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.Bulbs bloom in Annual Border. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.
    • Bulbs bloom in Annual Border. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.Bulbs bloom in Annual Border. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.
    • Tulips and muscari in bloom near the Children's Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Tulips and muscari in bloom near the Children's Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Tulips bloom near Bluebell Wood. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Tulips bloom near Bluebell Wood. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Tulips are beginning to bloom all around BBG. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Tulips are beginning to bloom all around BBG. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Fritillaria meleagris in bloom in the Shakespeare Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Fritillaria meleagris in bloom in the Shakespeare Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Tulipa "Little Beauty" begins to bloom in the Shakespeare Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Tulipa "Little Beauty" begins to bloom in the Shakespeare Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.

    Phew. As the evidenced by the gorgeous tulips, fritillaria, and hyacinths blooming all around the Garden this week, it’s pretty safe to say the spring bulbs have emerged unscathed by this year’s weird winter. In January, BBG staff laid down repurposed holiday greenery in the Annual Border and around Magnolia Plaza to protect the bulbs after some had started to emerge prematurely during the unseasonably mild weather. Now that spring has truly sprung, the display is unrolling just as planned, says Cayleb Long, curator. “I did do a little experiment and left a few sections unprotected, and they’re doing just as well, which is good to know. It was still worth doing, though,” he says. The irises and alliums are still to come, but all signs point to an equally good showing.


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