Fitzpatrick Greenhouse at Berkshire Botanical Garden
The Bulb Show
March 1 - 14, 2021
Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Featuring New England favorites and unusual South African bulbs
Our Fitzpatrick Conservatory is a welcomed harbinger of spring from March 1 to 14 for the Garden’s annual exhibition of New England springtime flowering bulbs and a collection of blooming South African bulbs rarely seen in the Northeast.
This year’s show will feature 70-100 containers, each planted with a dozen or so bulbs, for a total of 1,400 bulbs. Visitors to the greenhouse will see an evolving collection of hundreds of blooming plants over a two-week period. Alongside traditional New England favorites such as narcissus, tulips and grape hyacinths will be some beautiful hardy varieties new to the show: a striking, dark purple tulip with fringed petals named ‘Vincent Van Gogh’; a diminutive, pink-orange tulip called ‘Salmon Gem’; a trio of new daffodils; and two exquisite dwarf irises, ‘Harmony’ and ‘Pauline,’ with flowers of brilliant blue and deep purple, respectively. But the star of the show might just be the enchanting Fritillaria meleagris or Guinea Hen Flower in a mix of colors. Its nodding, bell-shaped flowers vary from reddish purple checkered to black, to faintly checkered green, to pure white.
Alongside these hardy varieties, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the Garden’s unique collection of South African bulbs. These are plants whose dormant period coincides with hot, dry summers rather than the cold winters that constitute the dormant period of our hardy bulbs. The environment created in the Fitzpatrick Conservatory mimics the conditions which would bring these bulbs into bloom in their native Cape Province of South Africa, home to some 1,200 species of bulbous plants.
The Bulb Show is the Garden’s annual springtime gift to the community. Come see this unique pairing of flowering bulbs and get a unique glimpse of early spring.
Admission is free and timed ticketing is required. Ticketing is available to the general public beginning January 16. Click here to plan your visit!
Learn how the Bulb Show is created in "The Dirt on the Bulb Show" in the Winter/Spring 2021 issue of Cuttings magazine.