Plant Talk

What’s Beautiful Now: Spring’s Arrival

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on March 13, 2020, by Matt Newman

Photo of a Japanese apricot tree in bloom

Prunus mume ‘Rosemary Clarke’ along the Ladies’ Border

We are dedicated to keeping the Garden open as much as possible. The safety of our staff and visitors is our top priority and we are making some adjustments based on government regulations for public density—including the closure of the Haupt Conservatory and The Orchid Show. For more information, including how to rebook visits or request a refund, visit

In the meantime, the Garden’s outdoor collections remain open for exploration. As winter retreats for another year, the welcome signs of spring’s arrival are popping up in growing abundance, with new flowers adding their color to the landscape each day. Stroll our 250 acres and you won’t have to go far to find them.

You’ll be greeted by sprays of pink and white blossoms from Japanese apricot trees along the Ladies’ Border, which lean out over the sunny yellow flowers of Amur adonis and winter jasmine. Seasonal Walk, in turn, offers the striking purple and yellow petals of netted irises, some of the season’s most elegant flowers. And a short walk along the paths toward Wamsler Rock reveals a living painting in process—the last of late winter’s white snowdrops framed by the bright strokes of purple crocuses and neon-pink winter heath.

Our spring mainstays are also emerging from hibernation, with magnolias, daffodils, cherry blossoms, and azaleas soon to cover the Garden in color and fragrance. Head through the links to each collection to keep up with our bloom trackers for more information on the blooms and expected peak dates!

These are only the first arrivals in what will be a beautiful spring spectacle, and we hope you’ll take the opportunity to enjoy the respite of our outdoor collections in this season of renewal!

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