Quote for this post: Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are the sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul. – Luther Burbank
Last year, I heard about the Bridge of Flowers from a colleague. When Spring arrived this year, I was eager to go to Bridge of Flowers. It is located in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. It was about a 2-hour drive from the place we live. I went along with my husband.
The Bridge of Flowers is one of its kind in the world. The Bridge of Flowers is a garden on the bridge. The bridge is on Deerfield River. Over 500 varieties of annuals and perennials are planted and tended by local volunteers. The Shelburne Falls Woman’s club came upon the idea of Bridge of Flowers and is still under their leadership. Antoinette and Walter Burnham transformed the structure into a flower bridge in 1929. In 1929, the operating budget was $1000 and today’s budget is much larger and is heavily dependent on donations and memorial gifts. The Bridge of Flowers was dominated by tulips when we went there.
The village, Shelburne Falls is a cute little New England village. The village is located in Berkshire Foothills along the Deerfield River. It is a village, where everybody knows everybody else and their business. Other than Bridge of Flowers, the village’s claim to fame is that three other movies were shot here, Labor Day, The Judge and The Blackout. Another attraction was the Ancient Glacier Pot Holes, which was within a short distance from the Bridge of Flowers.
The drive to Shelburne Falls was scenic too. We passed through State forests and conservation areas. I am always awed when I look at the ‘fallen trees’ in natural environments. It feels beautiful and natural when the trees grow, age, fall down and become part of the earth again.
If you are looking for a good drive and experience New England charm, Shelburne Falls is a place to visit.
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