April: The donation of 20,000 bulbs in 1940 launched Lake View's Daffodil Hill, a collection that blankets the hills of sections 40, 41 and 45. The flowers signal a rush of people to welcome spring. "As a kid, I would come here around Easter to visit my grandparents and look at the daffodils," says Brandt.
Late April: Clusters of magenta and violet rhododendron bloom through early May, especially near the Garfield Memorial. "These add another color element and different textures and sizes to our blooming schedule," says Brandt. "They really enhance the monuments."
July: The conic white blooms of the bottlebrush buckeye sprout upward from these large, dense shrubs. Find them in the sections around the Garfield Memorial. In early spring, many plants blossom with pinks, purples and yellows. "In July, you begin seeing more white flowers,"says Brandt.
Late July: Prominent in section 2, the dense blooms on each peegee hydrangea can reach 18 inches in length. They undergo a stunning change in August. "They bloom pure white," says Brandt. "But as the weeks progress, they turn into a light pink and then mauve purple."