Bulbs will be Available for Pickup in time for Fall Planting

Area gardeners looking to bring colorful blooms to their gardens next year will want to check out the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) Online Spring Bulb Sale.

Beginning August 1 and running through August 15, a selection of bulbs frequently planted in the Museum’s seven acres of gardens will be available for purchase here. Bulbs will arrive in time for fall planting and will be available for pick up at the MSV from November 1 through November 6.

“This is a great opportunity to purchase plants that are tried and true performers in the MSV landscape,” says Perry Mathewes, MSV director of gardens and deputy director, museum operations. Mathewes notes that the online sale features plants that are visitor and staff favorites as well as some unusual varieties that may be hard to find at neighborhood garden centers, such as the guinea hen flower, Spanish bluebells, and red crown imperial.

The 2022 online sale features 11 varieties of bulbs, all of which may be found in the MSV gardens and range from early, mid-, and late-spring flowering bulbs. Varieties available include netted iris (Kathie’s Spring Garden, Picnic Area), guinea hen flower (Water Garden, Asian Garden), red crown imperial (Knot Garden, Parterre Garden), the Carlton daffodil  (Kathie’s Spring Garden), Spanish bluebells (Kathie’s Spring Garden), purple sensation allium (Perennial Garden), tulips (Parterre Garden), hyacinth (Kathie’s Spring Garden), windflower (Picnic Area), and crocus (throughout the landscape).

Bulbs may only be purchased online via credit card (no on-site cash transactions) and bulbs must be picked up at the MSV (shipping not available). A catalogue detailing the spring-flowering bulbs is available to download here and shoppers are invited to email questions to gardener@theMSV.org.

Proceeds from the Spring Bulb Sale benefit the maintenance of the MSV gardens. MSV Members receive a 10% discount on bulb sale purchases. Those interested in joining the MSV may do so here.

A regional cultural center, the MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV includes a galleries building that presents permanent and rotating exhibitions, the Glen Burnie House, seven acres of formal gardens, and The Trails at the MSV, a free-admission art park open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. The galleries are open year-round and the house and gardens are open April through December. Additional details are available here or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235.