The Bluebell Wood at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is at its peak. See it this week, or wait another year.
More than 45,000 bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica 'Excelsior') are planted under a mature stand of oak, birch, and beech trees just south of Cherry Esplanade. In May, the bluebells burst into flower and create an enchanting woodland display.The Bluebell Wood is one of those big, cymbal-crashing displays for which only large gardens can afford space. Like Daffodil Hill, this really only looks good at one moment of one season. The rest of the year, at best, it creates the negative space to appreciate the trees - oaks, here - and the views through to the other gardens beyond. At its worst, it's an eyesore, when the foliage is bedraggled and brown, and the Wood is just something you walk through, preferably quickly.
- The Bluebell Wood, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
But for now, the Bluebell Wood is having its moment, and it's a glorious one.
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My photos of BBG's Bluebell Wood