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Tulip Tree Trail Spring Additions Under Way

Members of Crystal Bridges' grounds crew brave the cold to install a new irrigation system near the Tulip Tree Shelter.

Members of Crystal Bridges' grounds crew brave the cold to install a new irrigation system near the Tulip Tree Shelter.

Members of Crystal Bridges' grounds crew brave the cold to install a new irrigation system near the Tulip Tree Shelter.

Members of Crystal Bridges’ grounds crew brave the cold to install a new irrigation system near the Tulip Tree Shelter.

In the face of a long, cold February still ahead, it’s encouraging to remember that spring really is on its way, and the Crystal Bridges grounds crew is preparing for it, even through snow flurries and frosty weather.

The Tulip Tree Shelter will be undergoing a garden enhancement this spring. With this enhancement, the grounds crew can increase the Museum’s woodland wildflower collection, as well as enrich the guest experience while visiting the shelter.

White trillium

White trillium

The enhancement began in the fall as the team installed irrigation and brought in soil to sculpt a serpentine berm that the wildflowers will call home. It will feature 25 species of woodland wildflowers and ferns, with five species that are new to our garden.  This area is also believed to house the largest collection of Trillium species in our region. Trilliums bloom in several colors around the Tulip Tree Shelter and are a welcome sight in early spring.

This new garden area will bloom from late March through the summer, in addition to featuring a stately alley of existing 75+-year-old Tulip Trees that turn golden in the fall.

Tulip trees in fall.

Tulip trees in fall.

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