Atlanta Blooms


The tulips are here! Celebrate springtime surrounded by meadows of tulips, daffodils, crocus and more. Ushering in the Garden's ruby 40th anniversary and color-filled Chihuly exhibition, this bulb display is fiery with thousands of blooms in red, orange and hot colors.

“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.

*Bloom times vary. The exhibition is designed to bloom at varying times over several weeks depending on Mother Nature.

March - April 2016

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About the Exhibition

National Velvet, Teletubby, and Jap Groot are enticing favorites for the Visitor Center. The Levy Parterre sizzles in a tidal wave of color: Tequila Sunrise mix starts off cool but builds in heat as the blooms progress. The Edible Garden is blanketed in Perestroyka, a color-changing beauty in pink, peach and salmon, and orange daydream. Then there's a cool down with pink Menton and cream Maureen around the Great Lawn.

Also keep an eye out for hyacinths to perfume the air at the Conservatory pond. In addition, some trial tulips never before planted at the Garden - Mascotte, Orange Balloon and Blushing Lady - will try to make the cut.

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 light. 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.