QR Big Bloom Tour

Entrance and Visitor Center Garden

Behind the Big Bloom

  • Started in 2019 with 13,580 spring blooming bulbs and has now grown to over 20,000
  • Designed to spark a passion for plants and get guests excited about the new season
  • Provide inspiration for our guests and encourage others to experiment with their gardens
  • Introduce a new range of spring activities for the community from the display itself to spring workshops and classes
  • We experiment and trial a variety of spring blooming bulbs, so we can better help our guests have success
  • Provide a unique oppurtunity for our volunteers to participate in large scale bulb plantings and see how the displays come to be
  • Make people happy!

Front Gate Garden

About this Planting
For the entrance bulb bed we chose two pre-made mixes - each with a number of bulb varieties. Mixing multiple varieties can provide longer bloom time, varied heights, colors and textures, and the pre-made mixes make variety selection a breeze. This Eyecatcher Mix (purples) and All Season Yellow Mix (yellows) make a great combination for several weeks in spring.
Garden Stats
Life Cycle: Annuals
Height: 20"
Quantity: 4,000 bulbs
Planted on October 26, 2021
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What you'll see:

Tulipa
'Candy Prince'
Tulipa
'Flaming Prince'
Tulipa
'Purple Prince'
Tulipa
'Strong Gold'
Tulipa
'West Point'
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Visitor Center Garden

About this Planting
Selecting bulbs for the Visitor Center bed is always a challenge, because of the vivid red color of the tobacco barn. And since last year we had a bad fungus problem on the tulip display, we needed to rotate to a different species of bulbs. So for 2022 we went with a white daffodil mix and a purple ornamental onion mix for a later and longer display.
Garden Stats
Life Cycle: Perennials
Height: 4-40"
Quantity: 400 bulbs
Planted on November 10, 2021
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What you'll see:

Allium 'Gladiator'
Allium 'Gladiator'
Narcissus
Mixture
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