Prelude to Spring to Bloom March 1–16

Take heart, all you who are tired of winter. Remind yourself what spring is like by stopping at the Talcott Greenhouse during the annual spring flower show. Thousands of blooming bulbs will greet you in the greenhouse March 1–16 daily between 10 am and 4 pm.

For a peek at this year's show, view the photo gallery.

The two-week riot of spring color requires months of careful planning, according to greenhouse technician Gail Fuller. Some 2,500 tulip and daffodil bulbs were ordered in summer, potted in the fall, and stored in a cooler until late January. Then, the plants were brought to the greenhouse and the delicate business began of trying to control precisely when the flowers will burst into bloom. For weeks, manager Russ Billings keeps careful watch over the flowers’ growth and adjusts the greenhouse temperature so the plants will be at peak beauty during the flower show.

To illustrate his year’s theme, “Birds in the Backyard,” the display will be divided into “front yard,” “the woods,” and “backyard” sections. Real birds’ nests collected months ago on campus will be visible among the blooms.

Visitors can expect to find fragrant favorites such as hyacinths, narcissus, pansies, freesia, primroses, and canary broom, as well as tulips, anemones, ranunculus, crocus, scilla, muscari, cineraria, and calceolaria (pocketbook plant).

The show is free and open to the public. 

—By Emily Harrison Weir