by Michelle Gervais

Today's photos are from a good friend of mine, Andy Engel, who  also happens to be an editor at Fine Homebuilding magazine. He recently visited a place I've always wanted to go, so I asked him to share some photos. He says, "I’d passed the sign on I-91 in Massachusetts for the Bridge of Flowers dozens of times, but was always on my way to somewhere and never took the side trip. Last Monday, my wife and I were wandering home from a short vacation in Vermont. We figured the time would never be riper. About 15 minutes off the Interstate, the Bridge of Flowers is a 1908 concrete-arch trolley bridge in Shelburne Falls. The trolley line was abandoned in the 1920s and the bridge was considered an eyesore that would be too expensive to tear down. As a remedy, in 1928 and 1929, the Shelburne Falls Women’s Club covered the old bridge with loam and began gardening, a tradition that continues today.
     The bridge was dense with blooming flowers that blue-sky September afternoon. My wife rattled off plant name after plant name, and dutiful husband that I am, I don’t remember a one. But it sure was pretty, and it’s a detour off the highway even this gardening Philistine will take again. Open from April until October, the Bridge is free for the looking." Gorgeous, Andy. I really do need to get up there soon. If anyone else has been and has photos, post them in the comments!

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