The recent heat has really moved spring blooms along throughout the Arboretum. Many of the early and midseason blooms have finished, but a lot of blooming color remains to be seen. In the gardens and collections, pawpaw, redbud, quince, lilacs, later-blooming magnolias, crabapples, and flowering dogwood are the main attractions.
In the woodlands (Parking Lots 8 to 16), the late spring ephemerals are in full bloom: wild geranium, wake-robin, great white trillium, woodland phlox, buttercups, violets, and celandine-poppy, with Virginia bluebells just past their best. The recent heat has caused most of the yellow-flowered daffodils to wilt, but the late-blooming white poet’s daffodils are in full bloom in Sargent’s Glade (Parking Lot 26) and Daffodil Glade (Parking Lot 22).
Attractive blooms continue to be found in the Fragrance Garden (Parking Lot 21), Four Season Garden (Parking Lot 21), along Joy Path (Parking Lot 21), and in the Ground Cover Garden (Parking Lot 1). The seasonal displays and container gardens around the Visitor Center (Parking Lot 1) and Thornhill Education Center (Parking Lot 21) are always impressive as well.
Now is the time to start to visit the Schulenberg Prairie, too (Parking Lot 25). The prairie has just started its late spring and early summer blooms, with shooting stars and wood betony, or lousewort, leading the way.
It doesn’t matter what the weather brings, there are always beautiful gardens to visit, trails to wander, birds to see, and sounds to hear here at The Morton Arboretum.