Give Your Garden Bright Spring Color
Crabapples at Longenecker
Longenecker Horticultural Gardens (left), set on 35 acres at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, features about 175 crabapple cultivars. The labeled collection showcases some of the newest, oldest and best for the Midwest. Full bloom arrives around May 10, says Ed Hasselkus, professor emeritus of horticulture.
At Longenecker, the juicy-sweet perfume of flowering crabapples mixes with another favorite Midwestern fragrance--lilacs. The garden grows 275 lilacs, one of the nation's largest displays of this hardy shrub. The crabapples and lilacs bloom in tandem, producing a May show worth a special trip.