The Bridge of Flowers

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The Bridge of Flowers spans the Deerfield River in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Photo by Steve Daly.

What once served as a river crossing for the Shelburne Falls and Colrain Street Railway is now a beautiful display of plants and flowers open to the public from April through October.

The Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, is home to thousands of bulbs, annuals, perennials and shrubbery resting atop a concrete structure that spans the Deerfield River, just off the Mohawk Trail in western Massachusetts. The bridge is extremely popular in the spring, attracting thousands of visitors as the growing season commences.

In 1929, after the Shelburne Falls and Colrain Street Railway went bankrupt, Antoinette Burnham of the Shelburne Falls Women’s Club suggested that the weed-covered bridge be converted into a garden. According to the Bridge of Flowers website, Burnham helped collect $1,000, which paid for 80 loads of loam and several loads of fertilizer to be put on the bridge, with all work done by donated labor.

The bridge thrived until the mid 1970s when the town determined the crumbling structure required $580,000 in repairs. The women’s club and other organizations raised the funds to complete the repairs, with work beginning in May 1983.

Today, the bridge remains one of the most popular attractions in the Pioneer Valley. One visit, and it’s easy to see why.

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All photos by Steve Daly.

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