Springtime in New England is an amazing transformation, when the entire region comes to life with colorful blooms. If you’re in search of some of the area’s most beautiful flowers, be sure to check out these upcoming events and breathtaking destinations, from Maine to Connecticut.
Fairfield Dogwood Festival (Connecticut)
In 1938, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt remarked after a weekend visit to Connecticut that there “is an avenue of pink and white dogwood on Greenfield Hill such as I have never seen anywhere else in this country.” Celebrate this delightful flower that blossoms along many a New England street with a visit to Fairfield’s 79th annual Dogwood Festival on May 2-4, featuring plenty of family-friendly activities. To learn more, visit ctvisit.com/events/summary/dogwood-festival/4170.
Bridge of Flowers (Massachusetts)
The weather might be heating up in Massachusetts, but the Shelburne Falls Bridge of Flowers provides a place of cool shade and quiet contemplation perfect for taking an afternoon stroll. From April 1 to Oct. 30, the bridge comes alive with thousands of bulbs, perennials, annuals and flowering shrubs, providing a breathtaking river view alongside the fragrant blooms. For more information, visit bridgeofflowersmass.org.
Blithewold Mansion (Rhode Island)
An English-style manor that sits alongside the Narragansett Bay, Blithewold Mansion is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the city of Bristol. But aside from the striking 45-room mansion itself, the manor’s gardens are lovely enough to earn their place as one of Yankee Magazine’s five best public gardens in all of New England. Shake off the winter blues and absorb the brilliant beauty of daffodils and wisteria at this must-see destination. Visit blithewold.org for more details.
Cape Cod Rhododendron Festival (Massachusetts)
The warmer weather of spring is a great time to enjoy the sun, sand and historic sights of Cape Cod, including a celebration of one of the region's favorite flowers. From May 18-26, join other floral fans at Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, where you'll find thousands of rhododendrons in more than 100 varieties. Join a scavenger hunt, pick up some for your own garden from the plant sale, or learn about the site's connection to some esteemed rhododendron hybridizers. For additional information, visit heritagemuseumsandgardens.org/news/cape-cod-rhododendron-festival-at-heritage-museums-gardens.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Maine)
New England is full of botanical gardens showcasing brilliant blooms, but only one was ranked the best garden in the country on the 2013 TripAdvisor list of Top Ten Gardens in the U.S. Year-round, visitors are drawn to the gorgeous gardens and breathtaking landscape design of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. From narcissus and magnolia to azaleas and rhododendrons, be sure to bring your camera and snap some photos of some of the most stunning floral displays in the country. For more information, visit mainegardens.org.
Winter can be long and cold in New England, but spring brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy the delicious fragrances and rich colors of beautiful flowers. Be sure to check out these top destinations that will satisfy lovers of flowers from all over the region.