BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — This spring, the season unfolds in flowers as 40,000 snowdrops, crocus, daffodils, tulips, alliums and other bulbs bloom in sequence at the Colorblends House & Spring Garden at 893 Clinton Avenue in Bridgeport, Conn. The public is welcome to visit the garden from early April through mid-May. No admission fee is charged. Street parking is plentiful.
To learn what’s blooming, visitors can follow garden updates on facebook.com/colorblendshouseandspringgarden. All bulb flowers and blends in the garden are labeled. Design ideas abound.
“In spring, something’s at peak bloom here every day,” said Tim Schipper of Colorblends, a nationally-known flower bulb firm based in east Bridgeport. Schipper’s family has been in the bulb business in Holland since 1912 and the U.S. since 1949. “For gardeners, garden strollers and landscape professionals, this is an intimate space for enjoying the beauty of spring flowers up close, while also getting a feel for which bulb types bloom when, over the season.”
The nearly half-acre garden is located minutes from I-95, just off The King’s Highway (Route 1) in the heart of Bridgeport’s Stratfield Historic District. The property includes Colorblends House, a renovated spring-yellow 1903 mansion that is an excellent example of Colonial Revival architecture with white pillars, porches and a towering front portico. The house is one of 280 houses circa 1840s to 1930s in the district, which is considered one of Connecticut’s finest cohesive collections of quality period residential architecture.
In 2013, Colorblends purchased the distressed Clinton Avenue property for its double-size lot. Schipper had wanted to create a seasonal idea garden for spring bulbs and knew that he had found the spot. He soon brought famed Dutch garden designer Jacqueline van der Kloet on board, and working together they created the design that visitors see today.
Walking paths meander through the garden’s vistas of color. The beds are planted in a variety of styles, from traditional color blocks to naturalistic bulb mixes planted right in the grass, a look made famous by designer van der Kloet. Colorblends' signature pre-mixed tulip blends are anotherspecial treat.“The design was intended to grow and evolve over time,” says designer van der Kloet. “Each year, Tim and his team add more bulbs and different bulb combinations so the garden changes, year to year.”
During the six-week bloom season, visitors are also welcome to tour Colorblends House where a pop-up art gallery showcases the work of invited local artists and artisans. An artist-in-residence lives in the house year-round.
There is no admission fee to enjoy the garden. A donation of $3 ($10 for four or more) is requested to visit the house and art gallery. Those wishing to bring a group are encouraged to call ahead, 888-847-8637, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, so the garden team can ensure a special visit. Everyone is encouraged to visit ColorblendsSpringGarden.com and to follow on Facebook, Facebook.com/colorblendshouseandspringgarden, for updates on “What’s In Flower.”Download Word Version of Story