5 places in Nevada to see spring flowers
Nobody knows that April showers bring May flowers better than this photographer, who used a magnifying glass to show spring flowers in all their glory.
Fragrant, colorful feasts for your senses are blooming around the region now that the weather is warmer. If you’re in need of visual reminders that spring is here, aside from visiting your local nursery, here are five places that have bountiful blooms to bask by.
Along Riverside Drive in downtown Reno, the Rotary Club of Reno planted 15,000 perennial bulbs last fall in what they’ve dubbed the Biggest Little Bulb Project. Now that spring has arrived, the products of a plethora of volunteers’ efforts, countless donations from the community and the visions of local Rotarians have emerged in a colorful array stretching from Bicentennial Park to Powning Veterans Memorial Park.
Tulips, daffodils, windflowers, anemones and giant alliums, among other varietals, will capture the eyes of onlookers for the rest of this season, and many more to come. To ensure the bountiful blooms continued through the season, leaders of the project, Rotarians Lisa Jansen and Debe Fennell selected bulbs that will bloom in several stages, and for years to come.
Feast for the senses
In Idlewild Park, a multitude of plants in the Sensory Garden, maintained by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and the city of Reno, are just beginning to bloom. An educational and beautiful place to visit, especially for little ones, the garden features five beds, each dedicated to one of the human senses. Within are plants that create an ambiance fitting for that sense, such as fragrant flowers for the scent bed, edible plants for the taste bed and gently rustling reeds for the sound bed. A human sun dial, live willow tunnels and other features make it a fun, beautiful and educational place to visit this spring, summer and fall.
Everything’s coming up roses
Come early June, across from the Sensory Garden, the nationally recognized Rose Garden at Idlewild Park begins to bloom with fragrant, colorful splendor. More than 200 varieties and 1,750 flowers comprise the 60-year-old garden. Guests are greeted by a large tiled mosaic by local artist Eileen Gay entitled Rose Waterfall, furthering the space’s overall aesthetics.
Throughout 13 of the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Gardens' 23 acres are more than 4,000 plant species, some native to the area, others adapting to their new environs. Maintained by Washoe County, meandering walkways guide guests through dozens of dedicated gardens. Each spring, the abundant flowers and trees planted throughout blossom in a symphony of hues. Educational exhibits rotate throughout the year, while the arboretum and botanical garden themselves edify on conservation and the plants found within.
In nearby Stagecoach, where a short road trip will take you by sporadic patches of wildflowers as well, a working organic farm invites visitors to explore their abundant spring blooms. Husband and wife owners of Little Busy Bee Farm have filled their fenced, single acre with an orchard of fruit and nut trees, crops of vegetables, even bee hives whose occupants work hard to pollinate the flowers now seen across their land.
Spring is when Little Busy Bee Farm is filled with flowers as the plants blossom before producing the foods they’ll sell later in the season, showcasing the season in all its beautifully hued glory. Call and make an appointment to visit, or simply drop by and ring the bell on their fence.