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The ‘Bulb River’ is a Spectacular Springtime Attraction


Every May, visitors at the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich, Mass. get a special treat when the "Bulb River" start to bloom. This river of flowers has 35,000 grape hyacinths that are carefully planted to resemble flowing water. 1,500 yellow daffodils are also planted along the edges of the river.

Horticulturists plant the flowers in December, and they begin to bloom in May, right around Mother's Day.


Along with The Bulb River, The Heritage Museum and Gardens features several Dexter rhododendrons, which bloom during late May and early June.


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Les Lutz, Director of Horticulture and Facilities Management, designed the Bulb River. He's obviously a master at his job because this concept turned out perfectly. Lutz is also responsible for the Gardens Aglow, which is opens during the winter to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Heritage Museum and Gardens is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from April 15 to Oct. 9. You can also visit the park during the evenings during the Christmas season to take in the lights of the Gardens Aglow event.


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