Bluebell Wood Bursting With Color

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    • Bluebell Wood in bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Bluebell Wood in bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Bluebell Wood in bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Bluebell Wood in bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Bluebell Wood in bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Bluebell Wood in bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Bluebell Wood in bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Bluebell Wood in bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Bluebell Wood in bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Bluebell Wood in bloom. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Bluebell Wood.  Photo by Dave Allen.Bluebell Wood. Photo by Dave Allen.
    • Bluebell Wood. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Bluebell Wood. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.

    All the rain in Brooklyn this past week has made the blooms in Bluebell Wood incredibly vivid and lush. Designed by Robert Hyland, BBG's former VP of Horticulture, in 1994, this planting of 45,000 Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica 'Excelsior') has become a much-loved spring feature of the Garden. Prior to the redesign, this area of BBG was a lawn that was increasingly being shaded out by the beech, birch, oak, and elm tree collection that is also planted there. As any home gardener knows, a shady area can be a tough place to grow and maintain a lawn, so the solution of a shade-loving underplanting for these tress was born and the bluebells were planted. Today the area is lovingly cared for by Anne O'Neil and is a top destination for BBG visitors and photographers looking to be immersed in waves of sweet-smelling blue blooms. In fact, one photographer, Ben Miflin, was awarded third place in the "Spirit of the American Garden" category of the 2011 International Garden Photographer of the Year contest for a photo he took in Bluebell Wood.

    Ben Miflin's winning shot of Bluebell Wood

    This photo by Ben Miflin was taken in BBG's Bluebell Wood and was the third place winner in the 2011 International Garden Photographer of the Year contest. All rights reserved.

    The bluebell blossoms last for about two weeks and are at their peak now, so if you have a chance to make it to the Garden this weekend be sure to take a stroll through the wood!


    Comments

    May 29, 2011
    bill marrin

    I am interested in planting my own bluebell woods but I wonder what happens after they bloom and fade. Do you cover with other ground cover, ie: interplant with another plant or cover with mulch? Anxious to know!



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