Connecticut's Blossom Finder Last Updated 4/17
Once the snow melts, 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. This year, the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival kicks things off April 23 in New Haven and features live entertainment including live music, family activities and more.
Daffodils on Display
In Connecticut, there are loads of locations to see fields of daffodils. One site that puts on dazzling daffodil display is Laurel Ridge Farm in Northfield. About 10,000 bulbs planted in 1941 have multiplied to cover over 10 acres of woodland fields in yellow! Another great spot for daffodils is the Meriden Daffodil Festival. Now in its 39th year, this festival returns to Hubbard Park April 29-30. You'll see blooming displays of over 600,000 daffodils, plus live music, family fun, fireworks and food trucks too. Come for the pre-festival weekend April 22-23 for a road race and carnival rides, too. Still looking for more flowers?
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 2017 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?
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!
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 Center, Connecticut College Arboretum in New London and Palmer Arboretum in Woodstock, too!