Bellingrath gardens is about to shed it's winter coat and explode in color, but that change doesn't come easy. Preparation begins months in advance as everything has to be timed just right. The season's most popular plant, the Easter lily, has to be grown from a bulb over the winter in the gardens' greenhouses.
Design Coordinator, Barbara Smith explained as she showed us some six-inch lilies growing in one of their greenhouses, "This is about the right size for mid-February in order for them to be in bloom around the Easter season."
All about the timing…
It's the timing that's a challenge. It's not something you can wing.
"This is the sort of thing that you can plant out in your yard. The only thing you need to consider is that you're not going to have it for Easter. It's going to bloom probably more like late May or early June," Smith said.
Keep ‘em chilled
There are some other spring bulbs at Bellingrath that are even trickier, like tulips. Crate after crate of their bulbs are kept at 37 degrees all winter. They will be taken out of the cooler several weeks in advance to be sprouted just in time for a spectacular March bloom.
So if you take a visit to Bellingrath gardens this spring, you'll know how much work it was to create that natural beauty.