Thank you for a beautiful 2022 Atlanta Blooms. Join us next year for another colorful season of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and perennial bulbs.
This March and April, Atlanta Blooms! enters its second decade of ushering in spring. Guests would think that after 11 years of planning for, planting and seeing thousands of blooms unfurl that for Garden staff the annual spring bulb festival would be old hat, but nothing could be further from the truth.
“For the horticulture team, Atlanta Blooms is a magical time of year,” said Amanda Bennett, Vice President, Horticulture & Collections. “Seeing the colorful and cheerful fruits of our labor after several months of work in cold, dreary weather sparks excitement every time.”
Beginning in November, planting beds are emptied of bold, tropical foliage and flowers left from summer, and after some healthy soil prep, thousands of bulbs are placed out and planted, one by one by hand. “I’m not going to lie – it’s hard,” Bennett said. “It’s a bit of a joke that it’s not a ‘big bed’ until you hit quadruple digits of bulbs.”
Yet even more magic happens behind the scenes, where pots and islands are planted, awaiting the first signs of growth before being transferred to the garden, like actors waiting in the wings.
Not since the beginning of the event has Atlanta Blooms! featured large “floating islands” of bulbs in the Skyline Garden pond. This spring, five 8-foot-by-4-foot islands will spill with 600 Rainbow River tulip mix and 600 ‘Fellows Favourite’ daffodils.
And once again, the main pathways will be lined with pots planted with bulbs at various depths like layers of lasagna for extending the display of color throughout the season. Hyacinth ‘City of Haarlem’, Early Sunny Mix tulips and Muscari ‘Julia’ kick off the beauty along the Southern Seasons Garden Promenade, followed by Tulipa ‘Crystal Star’ and Anemone ‘Lord Lieutenant’. Extending along Crape Myrtle Alee, look for some all-time staff favorites with Hyacinth ‘Woodstock’s’ fragrance leading the way before Anemone ‘Governor’, Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’, Tulipa ‘Mount Tacoma’ and Narcissus ‘Stainless’ steal the show for a final act. Finishing up in front of the Fuqua Conservatory will be Narcissus ‘Marieke’, Tulipa ‘Black Parrot’ and Anemone ‘Sylphide’ in pots placed along the wall.