by Chuck Gleaves, Executive Director
Spring is the most popular time at Kingwood, and we have lots to see. Over the years our gardens have become more nuanced that just a gazillion tulips, although we have far from forsaken the brilliant spring color that tulips provide. Many thousands of daffodils bloom sequentially over about a six-week period, typically from late March to early May, although as I write this on the second to last day of February there are already one or two daffodils in bloom.
We have a massive magnolia display, although early spring warm-ups have set the stage for mid-spring frost damage the last two years in a row, and this spring is already showing signs of being early as well. (Do I detect a pattern developing?) Over the last fifteen years we have added many yellow magnolias to supplement the wide array of pink and white blooming varieties that have been here for many years.
Magnolias, tulips and daffodils are the big players, but scores of other spring blooming plants flesh out the spring display. So-called minor bulbs, flowering shrubs, perennials and many other flowering trees such as crabapples, cherries, red buckeye, redbud, dogwood, silverbells and etc. contribute mightily, each in their time, to our spring extravaganza. Come early and often.