A Floral Fairytale: Unveiling Spring at Lyndhurst in Bloom         

by Tom Lavecchia

As a travel writer and Publisher for the New Jersey Digest, I’ve explored hidden gems and bustling hubs across the state. But this spring, I ventured just across the border to Westchester County, New York, for an event that truly blossomed – Lyndhurst in Bloom at the Lyndhurst Mansion. Let me tell you, this wasn’t your average flower show. It was a full-blown sensory immersion, transforming the historic mansion and its grounds into a vibrant celebration of all things floral.

It was held on April 20 and 21, pulsating with infectious energy. Arriving at the Lyndhurst estate, a majestic Gothic Revival gem perched on the banks of the Hudson River, I was greeted by a flurry of activity. Families strolled the manicured lawns, their laughter mingling with the sweet fragrance of blooming hyacinths. Artisans showcased their wares at the Spring Market, a colorful haven filled with local vendors offering everything from potted orchids to handcrafted garden tools.

But the true magic unfolded within the mansion itself. Stepping inside, I was transported to a wonderland of color and texture. Floral designers had worked their magic, weaving blooms into every nook and cranny. Grand staircases cascaded with fragrant wisteria, while ornately framed portraits on the walls were adorned with delicate crowns of wildflowers. Each room held a unique surprise, a testament to the boundless creativity of the artists.

Lyndhurst in Bloom

In the grand library, a towering floral centerpiece reimagined the estate’s iconic chimneys, their tapered forms rendered in vibrant tulips and roses. Sunlight streamed through the stained-glass windows, casting a kaleidoscope of colors onto the intricately woven tapestry. It was a scene straight out of a fairytale, the perfect backdrop for a stolen moment of quiet reflection.

The mansion’s opulent décor served as a fascinating counterpoint to the whimsical floral displays. Ornate chandeliers sparkled overhead, casting a warm glow on antique furniture and meticulously preserved artwork. Wandering through the house, I couldn’t help but imagine what life must have been like for the wealthy residents who once called Lyndhurst home. The floral installations, however, breathed new life into these historic spaces, offering a fresh perspective on the grandeur of the past.

Beyond the visual feast, Lyndhurst in Bloom offered a variety of activities for visitors of all ages. Engaging talks by gardening experts delved into the art of floral arrangement and sustainable gardening practices. The “Walk & Talk” landscape tours, led by knowledgeable guides, provided fascinating insights into the history and design of the estate’s sprawling grounds. Children were particularly captivated by the interactive activities, creating their own miniature floral arrangements and participating in storytelling sessions inspired by the mansion’s rich history.

A delightful pop-up cafe by Geordanes of Irvington provided a welcome respite from exploration. Nestled in the courtyard, it offered a charming spot to savor gourmet coffee, pastries, and light refreshments, all surrounded by the vibrant blooms of the Spring Market.

As a New Jerseyan who frequently seeks day trip escapes, Lyndhurst in Bloom left a lasting impression. It was more than just a flower show; it was a celebration of spring, creativity, and history. The event offered a delightful escape from the ordinary, a chance to be transported to a world of beauty and inspiration. Whether you’re a horticultural enthusiast, a history buff, or simply looking for a unique family outing, Lyndhurst in Bloom is an experience not to be missed.

Here are some additional points to consider for future attendees:

  • Tickets: Purchase tickets online in advance, especially if you plan to attend special lectures or demonstrations.
  • Accessibility: While the mansion itself is not fully accessible, the grounds and Spring Market are easily navigable.
  • Parking: Ample parking is available on-site, but it can fill up quickly on busy weekends. Consider carpooling or utilizing public transportation options.
  • Planning your visit: The event is spread across the mansion and grounds, so wear comfortable shoes and allow ample time to explore. Check the Lyndhurst Mansion website for a detailed schedule of events and activities.

Whether you’re a resident of New Jersey or venturing from further afield, Lyndhurst in Bloom is a must-add to your springtime itinerary. It’s a testament to the transformative power of flowers, offering a delightful escape into a world of beauty and wonder.  Learn more here.

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Tom is a lifelong New Jersey resident, Rutgers and FDU alumni and the publisher of The Digest.

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