Despite The Coronavirus, it’s Spring: Checkout This Connecticut Spring Blossom Finder

Once the snow melted, springtime in Connecticut quickly takes hold, rewarding us with colorful gardens, open fields, flowering trees and wonderful spring festivals. In April and May, the cherry blossoms, tulips, daffodils and dogwoods come into bloom. Here are a few of the biggest and best viewing opportunities, as well as some suggestions for other places in Connecticut also beginning to bloom.

Cherry Blossoms in the City

One of the most beautiful of Connecticut’s many flowering trees is our cherry blossom tree. But mark your calendars, as they only bloom for about a week or two, usually in April. An entire festival has been built up around them in New Haven, featuring the town’s spectacular Yoshino cherry blossom trees planted in 1973 by the New Haven Historic Commission in cooperation with the New Haven Parks Department. Lining New Haven’s historic Wooster square, these harbingers of spring are celebrated with a festival every April.

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Daffodils on Display

In Connecticut, there are loads of locations to see fields of daffodils.A great spot for daffodils is the Meriden Daffodil Festival. Now in it 42nd year, this festival returns to Hubbard Park April 25-26. You’ll see blooming displays of over 600,000 daffodils, plus live music, family fun, fireworks and food trucks too.  Still looking for more flowers?

 White Flower Farm, LitchfieldMORE Hollister House Garden, WashingtonMORE Osborne Homestead Gardens, DerbyMORE Denison Homestead Dafffodil FestivalMystic, April 18 MORE Meriden Daffodil FestivalHubbard Park, April 25-26 MORE White Flower Farm, LitchfieldMORE Hollister House Garden, WashingtonMORE Osborne Homestead Gardens, DerbyMORE Denison Homestead Dafffodil FestivalMystic, April 18 MORE Meriden Daffodil FestivalHubbard Park, April 25-26 MORE White Flower Farm, LitchfieldMORE 

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Delight in the Dogwoods

Did you know that dogwood “blossoms” are in fact a kind of leaf? That their flowers can be either white or pink? And that they’re actually native to North America? In fact, Native Americans used the strong bark of the dogwoods for making toothbrushes, daggers and arrows, while roots and berries were sometimes used in medicines and dyes. While dogwoods only live 25 to 30 years in perfect conditions, Fairfield’s Dogwood Festival has been going strong for over 80 years. Bring mom on Mother’s Day weekend to the Fairfield’s Greenfield Hill Dogwood Festival, as thousands of dogwoods usher in Connecticut’s spring season. Arts and crafts, walking tour, art show, juried craft show, plant and garden boutique, and concerts in the sanctuary. Still haven’t gotten your fix of springtime flowers? 

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Tops in Tulips

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The John Scheepers Company of Bantam, Connecticut has been an international leader in importing tulip bulbs for almost 100 years. In Hartford’s Elizabeth Park, it’s not all about the roses. Tulips first made an appearance in 1911, and 11,000 tulip bulbs are planted there every October. And Bridgeport’s Colorblends House & Garden puts on a great show with over 40,000 bulbs coming up through April and May. When you see them, you can understand why tulips used to be more valuable than gold! 

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Connecticut Springs to Life!

It’s not just flowers that are springing to life in Connecticut right now. Don’t forget a visit to one of the amazing nature centers and arboretums throughout the state, such as Madison’s Meigs Point Nature CenterConnecticut College Arboretum in New London, Palmer Arboretum in Woodstock, and the Roaring Brook Nature Center, or New Canaan Nature Center.

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