In February and March look for snowdrops (Galanthus elwesii, G. nivalis) and plump buds of pussy willow (Salix caprea x gracilistyla) in the Display Garden. The smaller buds of our native pussy willow (Salix discolor) open in the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden, and by the culvert east of the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr. Butterfly Garden.
Check the stream bank on the northwest side of the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden where the flowers of skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) have appeared through melting snow. Spring and Darley heath (Erica carnea, E. x darleyensis and cultivars) are blooming in the Eliot and Linda Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden, the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden and at Lantern Court. Witch-hazels, Ozark and Asian (Hamamelis vernalis and H. x intermedia) unfurl narrow petals at the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center, the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden and at Lantern Court.
Later bloomers include winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), crocus (Crocus tommasinianus, C. chrysanthus, C. vernus), hellebores (Helleborus x hybridus), and spring snowflake (Leucojum vernum) at Lantern Court, the Display Garden and the Layer Rhododendron Garden.