Notice anything particularly odd about your northeastern garden this year? We have, as you’ll gather if you so much as glance at any of the NYBG’s social media feeds: there’s regular talk of this bizarrely warm winter and the early blooms it brings along. And if you were to visit the NYBG right now for a look at flowering plants that in years past would still be waiting for the alarm clock of spring, you’d be surprised at what you found.
“We’re having earlier springs,” says professor David Wolfe, part of Cornell’s Department of Horticulture. In conjunction with Kristin Schleiter, the NYBG’s acting Director of Outdoor Collections, NPR’s brief foray into this awkward season leaves us wondering if the warmth will be a trending topic in coming years, or only a fluke visitor for the 2011/2012 winter.
Either way, an early spring means early flowers, and that makes the Garden even more of a destination. Get here now!