Springtime in Connecticut quickly takes hold in May, 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.
Daffodils on Display
In Connecticut, there are loads of locations to see fields of daffodils. Although there is no Daffodil Festival this April, Hubbard Park is open to the public and all are encouraged to drive through and view April’s thousands of blooming daffodils.
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. You can see delightful dogwoods at Fairfield’s Greenfield Hill.
Tops in Tulips
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!