“In March, plants are just waking up in our high-altitude garden,” says head gardener Linda Churchill. If the garden escapes a freeze, visitors will find apricot trees blooming then, as well as several native shrubs such as ‘Panchito’ Manzanita and three-leaf sumac. Their “blooms usually are noted as ‘inconspicuous’ to our human eyes, but they are very important to the early-season pollinators, such as bumblebees,” Churchill says. April is a glorious garden month for flowering trees, including plums, pears, apples, and peaches, whose delicate blossoms also cast fragrance over the paths. Two deep-pink blooming crab apple varieties also catch visitors’ eyes from mid- to late-April. “The garden really begins to flush with flowers in May,” Churchill says. Blue groundcover veronicas and pink thymes carpet the main trail’s edges and run under the feet of the budding roses. Not to be outdone, the native plants join the bloom, with the first penstemons, sundrops, and wild buckwheats dazzling the gardens with bright colors that herald the coming summer.