With the summer gardening season winding down, we have a pleasant hiatus where we can enjoy our own gardens and sneak away to see other horticulturally interesting places.
My husband and I discovered one of them quite by chance. We turned off Route 2 at the town of Shelburne Falls, MA on the Mohawk Trail, lured by a sign that promised glacial potholes.We saw the potholes, which are interesting, and took a stroll through the town, not realizing that we would run smack into The Bridge of Flowers.
The idea of having a bridge entirely devoted to flowers may sound hokey – until you see it. It’s a 400 foot span of non-stop flower and plant action, and it’s blooming from the beginning of April right through to October.
The Bridge of Flowers is a defunct trolley bridge that was turned into a tourist attraction in 1929. Volunteers from the Shelburne Falls Area Women’s Club Bridge of Flowers Committee have been maintaining this site for 80 years. There is also one full-time gardener.
More than 20,000 people visit the Bridge every year. It’s gratifying to see how the simple act of caring for plants can transform a derelict structure into a thing of beauty and a successful tourist attraction that benefits the entire region.