Spring Bulb Show

Bulb Show

For two weeks every March, Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory in Northampton, Massachusetts hosts a spring bulb show. Two greenhouses are chock-full of forced narcissus, tulips and many types of miniature bulbs as well as branches of spring flowering shrubs such as forsythia, cherry and viburnum. All are tucked artfully together to create a riot of color. It is very well-attended and they receive thousands of visitors over the period the show runs. (It is not for the agoraphobic!) But for those who do choose to wade through the crowds, it is a balm for the winter-weary soul.


‘Rococo’ Parrot Tulips


Peach Parrot Tulip


Two types of Muscari (Grape Hyacinths)



'Monsella' Double Early Tulip

‘Monsella’ Double Early Tulip

Pink Freesia over Pink Hyacinths

Pink Freesia over Pink Hyacinths



About Eliza Waters

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19 Responses to Spring Bulb Show

  1. Great subjects, great photography…colorlicious!

  2. Sharon K. says:

    These are spectacular, especially the parrot tulips. I can almost smell the daffodils and hyacinths! Thank you, Eliza!! 🙂

  3. Robbie says:

    great photos! Love the color:-) Pretty in pink:-)

  4. Robbie says:

    grape muscari-detail-perfecto!

  5. mk says:

    Wonderful photographs! They capture the irrestability (?) of those blossoms. I can understand how some folks could get totally absorbed in growing these beauties. It could become an addiction! Uh oh, I better get a grip on myself.

  6. seedbud says:

    feast for the eyes! thank you!!

  7. Awesome!!! Love the colors!!!

  8. ladyfi says:

    Such gorgeous shots.

  9. Line says:

    Oh, those pink flowers, what were they called freesia ?, those pink baby-bells, they are so adorable and sweet and breathtakingly beautiful! they make me smile and love life and nature and mother earth even more (how is that possible? 🙂 ) Thank you for showing them to me! (oh, I have become so absorbed in your blog now I have burned my dinner 🙂 must run and save it!! )

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