It might be cooling off outside, but we’re gearing up for spring at Moore Farms Botanical Garden. The beds are full of beautiful annuals, but hidden under it all are bulbs, quietly waiting to push their heads up once the weather gets warm in the spring. Over the past few weeks, our horticulture team has been planting over 40,000 bulbs of all different varieties including narcissus, hyacinths, anemone, and tulips. In March, we’ll celebrate bulbs during our annual Bulbapalooza event on March 23rd and 24th.
The plantings are everywhere in the garden—from the green roof to the fire tower center beds and the formal garden. The horticulture team is always planning a season ahead and this is no exception. It’s also a great time for homeowners to be designing their spring beds. Bulbs can easily be purchased from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, Terra Ceia, or Van Engelen, planted, and then provide a delightfully colorful bed in a few months.
“Make sure you plant all your bulbs in the fall to have the best and most prolific bloom time,” says MFBG education and events manager Rebecca Turk. She also advises to use fluffy soil for optimal results.
After the bulbs are delivered to the garden, they are stored in a cooler held at 35 degrees Fahrenheit. When stored this way, bulbs will potentially last for several months, however, the longer they are stored will compromise their viability.
The horticulture team spreads them across the beds in their desired pattern and then plants soon after.
Although there is certainly delayed gratification, the vibrant, colorful display after the cold months makes it all worthwhile.
“Bulbs add a very important ephemeral feeling in the spring and since they’re often the first blooming plants of the season, they wake us out of our winter slumber,” horticulture supervisor Brendan Huggins says of the displays.
Even members of our staff who have other passion areas can appreciate what this type of plant adds to the botanical garden. “They’re a great way to add interest areas when the rest of the garden isn’t as exciting,” explained Robby Davidson, who is our bog plant and native species expert.
MFBG gets help every year from the Florence Montessori 4th through 6th graders. For the past three years, we have welcomed students into the garden to assist with our fall plantings and participate in an educational school program.
Check out our website to learn more about Moore Farms Botanical Garden and to plan your next visit to the garden for a tour, class, or social event!
By Roberta Burns.