Signs of Spring in the Gardens

Posted by on Apr 10 2008 | House & Gardens

Amy KinseyAs the harbingers of spring, the winter aconites (Eranthus hyemalis) under the beech in the Front Lawn begin to loose their yellow color and the very last of the snow piles disappears from the parking lot, the gardening season is under full swing at George Eastman House.

winter aconites
Winter Aconites

The Christmas rose (Helleborus niger), a bit of a misnomer in our growing zone, is in full bloom under the fothergillas and tree peonies in the West Garden.

Christmas rose
Christmas Rose

Tucked in the southwest corner near the steps into the West Garden is the earliest blooming rhododendron on site, the Korean rhododendron (Rhododendron muconulaum) whose pink flower buds are showing color.

Korean rhododendron
Korean Rhododendron

There are Siberian squills popping up everywhere, in the lawns and many of the beds and borders. The first daffodil opened in the Terrace Garden on April 8.


The fern-leafed peony (Paeonia tenufolia) and oriental poppies (Papaver orientale) seem to grow inches each sunny warm day.

fern-leafed peony
Fern-leafed Peony

oriental poppies
Oriental Poppies

Garden Tours officially start in May and run through September, Tuesday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. If you are a Museum Member, see what’s in bloom on the members’ monthly In the Garden tours from May through September, including May 24 and June 28.

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    Amy Kinsey, the Nancy R. Turner Landscape Curator at George Eastman House, has studied horticulture (Univ. of Maryland), plant genetics (Univ. of Birmingham, UK), and landscape architecture with a concentration in historic cultural landscape preservation (SUNY-ESF). She has worked for National Capitol Parks in Washington, DC, and the Agricultural Research Station in Beltsville, MD.

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    2 Responses to “Signs of Spring in the Gardens”

    1. Amy,
      You have made spring more real with our picutres and smiling stories. This is the next best thing to poking around in my own garden every morning…To Spring!
      onward and upward in the garden,

      15 Apr 2008 at 8:06 am

    2. Infitnemi

      good resourse Anyway by sight very much it is pleasant to me

      19 Dec 2008 at 10:12 pm