The tulips are here!*
Celebrate springtime surrounded by meadows of tulips, daffodils, crocus and more. The fifth annual bulb exhibition blossoms with more than 300,000 bulbs springing to life, including 44,000 new ones planted last fall.
“Springtime is always beautiful in Atlanta, and this is our gift to the city – the opportunity to relish the season by immersing yourself in all this color and fragrance,” says Garden President & CEO Mary Pat Matheson.
Support for Atlanta Blooms provided by The Hilma Malone Hearn Memorial Endowment.
*Bloom times vary. The exhibition is designed to bloom at varying times over several weeks depending on Mother Nature.
About the Exhibition
Among the 41,500 tulips, look for sweeping beds of The Cure (hot pink), La Courtine (yellow with a red flame), and Teletubby (orange). New bulbs include Gander’s Rhapsody (pink and white), National Velvet (red) and Jap Groot (yellow and cream). Container gardens spill over with Wilbrink’s Star (red and yellow), Honeymoon (white) and Orange Princess (orange).
As part of the Daffodil Project – a worldwide effort memorializing children killed in the Holocaust – nearly 1,000 new Narcissus have been added to the Garden. In addition, about 1,500 new perennial bulbs now call the Garden home, including Alliums, Galanthus, Leucojum and Anemones. The new additions join hundreds of thousands of existing daffodils, tulips, crocuses and hyacinths. “Planning for our tulip displays begins one year out while the current year’s blooms are in full swing,” says Amanda Campbell Bennett, manager of display gardens. “Our overall color schemes for each planting bed rotate annually, so no two years are alike!”
The exhibition is designed to bloom at varying times over several weeks depending on Mother Nature. There are still plenty of cheerful daffodils, and the first large beds of tulips have opened in the Edible Garden and in numerous patches around the Garden. There are still several large areas of tulips only days away from being fully open. Make plans to visit soon!
Which Bulb Are You?
Flowers have personality! Which bulb do you identify with?
Tulip: Tulips come in many bright, saturated colors. They love the sun so will seek out the best angle for lght. Striking and bold, tulips clearly love being the center of attention. Tulips are thought to be the symbol of perfect love.
Daffodil: Daffodils are trumpet shaped so seem to announce spring in a bright, trumpeting way. Generally golden-yellow and white, daffodils are seemingly quite friendly, growing together in fields and meadows. They are thought to be a symbol of rebirth and unrequited love.
Hyacinth: The hyacinth is a single dense spike of highly fragrant flowers. They are bell-shaped and beautiful, in many colors including pink and true blue. Hyacinth are thought to symbolize sports and play, signifying an adventurous and playful nature.
Crocus: Although more solitary and small of stature, crocus are determined and hardy. They are found in a wide range of habitats and thrive in late winter/early spring, growing through snow if need be. Crocus are thought to be a symbol of healing and foresight, signifying wisdom.