The Queen of the Prairie looks more like the Queen of the River in this photo. She is attended by hundreds of handmaids and courtiers.
As a member of the Bridge of Flowers committee many people ask me about when it is open and when is the ‘best’ bloom time. Those questions are easy to answer. The Bridge of Flowers is open every day, all day from April 1 to October 30. There is no ‘best’ season. The Bridge is in full and glorious bloom all year long. Of course, some people might prefer the earliest perennials and bulbs, while others prefer the late summer garden with dahlias and asters and other fall bloomers – but it is always beautiful. And always FREE! There is no charge – although you are invited to leave a donation. And please do sign the guest book.
The Bridge of Flowers is immortalized in this mosaic by local artist Cynthia Fisher who created eleven other mosaics honoring the other towns in our area. This is one of the things I tell visitors about when they ask what else to see in town. The mosaics are mounted on the walls on town buildings on both sides of the Bridge.
Of course, there are also the Glacial Potholes, beautiful crafts made by the skilled and talented local artists and artisans, and good eats. You can even dine while overlooking the river and the Bridge.
How do you get to the Bridge? Unfortunately GPS systems do not seem to have found the Bridge, but if you get to Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls, which is on the GPS, you will see the Bridge. You can’t miss it!