The Bridge of Flowers was once a trolley bridge built in 1908, crossing the Deerfield River between Buckland and Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. The trolley company shut down in 1927 and in 1929, the bridge was made into a garden by the Shelburne Falls Women’s Club, turning an eyesore into a thing of beauty. For more details about its history and a short slide show, click the link above.
There is a log book at each end and I’ve seen entries from all over the world – Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
It has become a major tourist attraction for this quiet, little town. Most of the village’s original 19th-century buildings still stand, giving it an old-fashioned charm.
Recent films, ‘The Judge’ starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall, and ‘Labor Day’ starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin were filmed here.
The Bridge of Flowers is open from April through October and always has lots in bloom, from early bulbs to late asters and chrysanthemums.
I visit often as I live only a short distance away. In summer, I like to grab an ice cream cone at Mo’s Fudge Factor and then cross the street to amble along the garden path while I eat my treat.
We had to run an errand in Buckland on Saturday, so it was a perfect excuse for a sweet dessert and a garden walk. Dahlias are the stars right now – I am always stunned at the sheer variety and perfection of this marvelous flower. Enjoy the tour!