Spring is in the Air

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Blossom-covered hillsides herald the arrival of spring in Johnny Appleseed Country. Local orchards burst forth with clouds of pink and white blossoms, cheering winter-weary spirits and promising bountiful crops of the fruit that gave the region its name. Nearly every country road offers a cheery panorama, too, with backyard trees and long-forgotten orchards tucked behind rambling stone walls sporting the pastel blooms.

Not surprisingly, local residents celebrate the season with apple blossom festivals galore, and invite visitors to join the festivities! Sholan Farms — a community-run orchard in Johnny Appleseed’s home town — welcomes apple blossom season on the first weekend in May with music, pony rides, and lots more. The town of Harvard has been throwing its apple blossom bash for six decades — rolling out a full day of music, games, food, craft vendors, and even a “Ducky Wucky” race. And a visit to Tower Hill Botanic Gardens in Boylston is a must, for a fabulous view punctuated by hundreds of blooming heirloom apple trees.

Apple blossom season is a great time to linger in Johnny Appleseed Country, exploring the villages, towns and small cities of this quintessential New England region.