April 15, 2018
Squills, crocus and other small bulbs are blooming in spite of cold and snow, so a visit to the Bulb Garden will get you in the mood for spring. Our annual displays are cautiously being planted in the gardens, so expect to see pansies. The weather has been unseasonally cold, so woody plants and perennials have been reluctant to show their flower heads. Cornelian cherry dogwoods and Farrer's viburnums are finally opening their buds. Willows and maples have subtler blooms. We expect to see big changes in the next two weeks, from winter's drab to a kaleidoscope of colors. If you need to warm up, come to the greenhouses, where you will find a very fragrant gardenia and many varieties of aloe, orchids, acacias, begonias, and bougainvillea in bloom. Enjoy spring at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
|Vernal witch hazel|