Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Atlanta Botanical Gardens - Atlanta Blooms

Celebrate springtime surrounded by meadows of tulips and daffodils at Atlanta Blooms, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s fifth annual bulb festival from March through April.
Watch while the landscape changes almost daily as more than 300,000 bulbs spring 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,” said Garden President & CEO Mary Pat Matheson.
Among the 41,500 tulips, look for sweeping beds of The Cure (hot pink), La Courtine (yellow with a red flame), and Teletubby (orange).  Bulbs that were trials last year and made the cut this year include Gander’s Rhapsody (pink and white), National Velvet (red) and Jap Groot (yellow and cream). This year, the Garden also is experimenting with Mango Charm (peach), Rhapsody of Smile (reddish-orange) and Sherbet (hot pink and white). Container gardens will spill 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.
All of these new additions join hundreds of thousands of existing daffodils, species tulips, crocuses and hyacinths.
“Planning for our tulip displays begins one year out while the current year’s blooms are in full swing,” said Amanda Campbell Bennett, manager of display gardens. “Our overall color schemes for each planting bed rotate annually, so no two years are alike!”
Peak bloom periods are dependent upon winter weather conditions, so she advised visitors check the Garden’s web site in early spring for updates.

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