Record 20,000 bulbs planted at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

PHYLICIA ASHLEY | WAVE 3 News

In Crestwood, a large bloom has emerged. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other bulbs will break a record of 20,000 bulbs planted in one season at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.

Sayde Heckman recalled digging, scooping, and planting as a chore when she was a child.

Bulbs at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

“And I absolutely despised being in (the dirt),” Heckman admitted.

She said she was the one who grew after that.

“To see how happy it makes people, which makes me really happy,” Heckman said.

She’s now on track to meet her 20,000-bulb goal at the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.

“We wanted our science and what we’re doing here to be accessible by all,” Heckman said. “I get to work outside every day, play with plants, mess up with plants. … During the global pandemic nobody was able to come out and see any of our big blooms, which is absolutely devastating because it makes people so happy.”

With each bulb planted, Heckman hopes to pique visitors’ interest in the journey and encourage them to return in May to experience a different side of nature when the bulbs bloom.

“I don’t care if it’s a tulip bulb, a petunia, or a crazy house plant,” Heckman said. “If you find that one plant, you’re eventually going to fall in love.”

The Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is a Preservation Partner Project of the Garden Conservancy, a national non-profit dedicated to preserving the country’s most exceptional gardens. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the website here.

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