The Spring Blooms celebration at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania showcases a spectacular display of tulips—a nod to Pierre S. du Pont who laid out Longwood Gardens and planted the first tulips in 1907. During Spring Blooms, which spans from April 5th through May 23rd, visitors can experience over 250,000 tulips in bloom!
The Flower Garden Walk, designed to capture the delight of old cottage gardens, was installed by Pierre S. du Pont to hold the very first tulips grown at Longwood. According to Ed Broadbent, head gardener at Longwood, "Historically it was a tulip display, but in the last decade we've been adding more diversity. It's challenging to have a display that works for Easter and Mother's day, which is a huge span of time." What's really time consuming is the planning process that begins well over a year in advance because planting this display occurs in the fall.
As this year's borders bloom at Longwood Gardens, the designers are already preparing for the fall planting season. Their plan for the 600-foot-long Flower Garden Walk shows how the drifts are laid out and specifies the bulb varieties that are applied. Only with this degree of design detail early on can such fabulous displays come to fruition.