You might not know it from the temperatures, but Spring season has arrived in the forest of Callaway Gardens. We welcome the earliest wildflowers, called Spring Ephemerals, that are beginning to emerge from beneath the leaves.
The word “ephemeral” is defined as short-lived or transitory. The Spring Ephemerals complete their lifecycle by the time the trees shade the entire forest. They eventually disappear until they re-emerge the following Spring season.
When we asked Kathy Crye, Callaway Gardens’ Horticulturist, about the science behind the growth process of Sprint Ephemerals, she said, “These unique plants bloom early before the leaves of the trees shade the forest floor. Without the leaves, sunlight is able to reach through allowing the flowers to bloom and create a colorful Spring display.”
On the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Trail of Callaway Gardens, you might get to see different kinds of early wildflowers such as Skunk Cabbage, Trout Lily, Trillium, Bloodroot, Rue Anemone, Spring Beauty, and Green and Gold. These beautiful wildflowers have their own respective qualities, scientific significance and natural hues; thus creating a palette of colors and vivid patterns for you to see.
We have a wide variety of special offers and packages that also only stay for a short period of time. So, don’t miss the opportunity of experiencing this canvas of nature’s beauty. Many of the ephemerals bloom only for a short period of time and each day offers new and beautiful surprises in the garden. Give us a call at 1-800-CALLAWAY (800-225-5292) or visit www.callawaygardens.com.