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Spring has Sprung! - Apr 8, 2011

Tulips will soon be blooming in front of our Donor Gate at Green Bay Botanical Garden!

by Mark Konlock, Director of Horticulture, Green Bay Botanical Garden

Although the Easter Bunny is arriving late this season, and the weather has been a bit chilly until recently, spring has sprung here at Green Bay Botanical Garden (GBBG)! There are snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), winter aconites (Eranthis hymenalis), and Crocus in bloom as I write. Daffodils and tulips are pushing out of the ground and the grass is greening up. Last fall, Garden staff and volunteers planted over 27,000 spring flowering bulbs to add to the thousands of perennialized bulbs already in the collection. We added 11,000 of those bulbs to the new King Shade Garden and Jenquine Overlook Garden.

Sometimes we get so fascinated with the beauty of bulbs that we forget about the fantastic permanent plants that show their stuff off in spring such as the amazingly vibrant and florific basket of gold (Aurinia saxatilis), the furry leaved pasque flowers (Pulsatilla vulgaris) and the clean white flowering rock kress (Arabis caucasica) that all reside in the Kress Oval Garden. One of my favorite spring blooming plants that looks kind of like a perennial, but is technically a shrub, is the tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa). The Garden has 20 different cultivars spread throughout the upper gardens and they are all spectacular! Check out Klehm’s Song Sparrow, for a sneak peak at what you can enjoy “in the flesh” when you visit the Garden this spring. GBBG also has 33 cultivars of crabapple (Malus) and 110 cultivars and species of magnolias. These trees bring the bloom up a notch, literally! Oh, and don’t forget about all the native woodland, spring ephemeral blooms in the Mary Hendrickson Johnson Wisconsin Woodland Garden!

Together all the plants in the collection, from 2-inch tall, miscellaneous bulbs to 20 foot magnolias, make Green Bay Botanical Garden a must view spring destination. If you want to see all there is to see, make use of your membership and come early and come often so you can enjoy spring arising after a long winter’s nap!

For more information on membership at Green Bay Botanical Garden, click here.

Green Bay Botanical Garden is open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm for the month of April (will also be open Saturdays, April 23 & 30) and will be open daily from 9 am to 5 pm in May!

Happy Spring!

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