2008 SPRINGLitchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
For Immediate Release
Spring is a blooming bonanza in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. First come the daffodils hundreds of thousands of them blooming wild over ten acres of woodland and field at Laurel Ridge Foundation in Northfield throughout April. No sooner do the daffodils fade than the peonies arrive, seven acres of these fragrant blooms showing off from May to mid-June at Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston. Add the dozens of display gardens of White Flower Farm in Litchfield and the Litchfield Horticultural Center, and these flower-filled hills are musts for anyone who loves the colors of spring.
A walk among the daffodils at Laurel Ridge Foundation is a rare early spring outing in an unspoiled oasis. The wild natural landscape of gently sloping woodland, fields and aged stonewalls overlooks a small lake dotted with two tiny islands. The park land and one of the islands is completely carpeted with gold and white blossoms, a glorious sight that is nirvana for photographers. The park is located on Wigwam Rd., Off Rte. 254, in Northfield, near Litchfield, and is free to visitors.
The 15th Annual Peony Festival at Cricket Hill Garden features some of the largest, showiest and most fragrant flowers of all, Chinese tree peonies, displayed here in a terraced, woodland setting. Some 200 varieties of Chinese tree peonies are expected to peak in mid to late May this year, with different peonies blossoming every week during the festival's five-week period May 1 to June 15. Cricket Hill was a pioneer in seeking out and growing Chinese peony varieties and maintains a reference garden for tree peonies. They also grow Japanese and American peonies, all available for sale to home gardeners. There is no charge to stroll the gardens, located at 670 Walnut Hill Rd., Thomaston, 860-283-1042 or check the Internet at www.treepeony.com..
Whether you are shopping for home garden ideas or simply enjoying the beauty, Litchfield's White Flower Farm (Route 63, 800-503-9624,or or check the Internet at www.whiteflowerfarm.com will delight all summer. The catalog of unusual perennials eagerly perused by millions of gardeners comes to life here on 10 blooming acres of trial and display gardens. Among the many rare varieties are unusual roses and more tree peonies, with blossoms nearly ten inches across. An entire greenhouse is filled with brilliant begonias, one of the nursery's special prides. The Litchfield Horticultural Center (258 Beach Street, 850-567-3707) also boasts lovely display gardens on 32 lakeside acres and this year is adding waterfalls to the landscape. or check the Internet at litchfieldhorticulturalce.liveonatt.com/directions.nxg..