Answer: Have you checked out the National Arboretum in Washington DC or the Lewis Ginter Botanic Garden in Richmond, VA? Both should have magnolias and I' would think they would be blooming some. It is April after all!! Trying to ship magnolias is risky business. The flowers are very delicate and bruise easily, turning brown when bruised. You can have the buds shipped in containers packed tightly, but again if they bruise, the flowers won't look good. The buds will take perhaps a few days to open depending on the maturity of them.
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