Bernadette Gallagher, Gardener
It’s been an interesting spring, with the late snows and swings between 50-90 degree days. The garden has of course still been beautiful, but some of the plants have been affected. For example, the tulips didn’t last quite as long this year. So if you missed them, check-out another kind of “tulip,” the flower of the tuliptree, Liriodendron tulipifera. This is one of my favorite tree flowers, and because they bloom so high in the canopy it is a special treat if you get to see some up close. The flowers are green with a bright splash of orange, and the colors mix like tie-dye. I absolutely love the effect.
Any time is a great time to see and identify these impressive trees in the wild or at the Garden. But now is the only time to see beautiful tuliptree blooms, so make a visit and see for yourself!
Gardener Bernadette Gallagher is a newer member of our team, but her training and versatility mean that she’s already been able to express her talents in all our gardens and biomes. Before landing with us Bernadette has been an arborist with Forest City Tree, a USDA tree-climber for the Asian longhorn beetle project, a VISTA community garden project manager, and a Nature Conservancy preserve steward. She is an ISA certified arborist and carries a wildlife biology degree from OU. Bernadette’s favorite CBG assignment so-far? Climbing the dawn redwood in the Japanese Garden—with her saw in tow!