Spring is bursting out all over at The Morton Arboretum. Daffodils are in bloom in Sargent’s Glade (P26) and Daffodil Glade (P22) on the West Side and in many areas of the East Side, with more to come as the weather warms.
Magnolias are starting to bloom in the Magnolia Collections on the East and West Sides, as well as in a group of magnolias on Frost Hill.
The garden areas are waking from their long winter slumbers. In the Ground Cover Garden, look for the first trout lilies and Virginia bluebells as well as several kinds of hellebores. Sweet-smelling fragrant viburnum is beginning to flower. In the Fragrance Garden by the Thornhill Education Center, look for the blooms of hellebores, spicebush, and star magnolia.
Bright yellow forsythias and Cornelian-cherry dogwood can be seen in bloom near the Administration Building and Hedge Garden and in many other locations at the Arboretum.
Containers with shrubs and colorful flowers are placed throughout the central area and seasonal beds are adding bright colors to the Visitor Center, Administration Building, Thornhill, and Entrance Drive areas.
In the East Woods and other natural areas, early season wildflowers have started their bloom season, with bloodroot, spring beauty, and hepatica showing the way.
According to Ed Hedborn, manager of plant records, this spring is running about two weeks behind the average bloom time of the past 20 years and almost a month behind last year’s bloom time. More blooms will open on every warm day for the next few weeks.