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Atlanta Botanical Garden Unplugs a Quarter-Million Watts of Flower Power

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TulipSpringtime explodes in a kaleidoscopic extravaganza of hundreds of thousands of tulips and other bulbs from March – April during Atlanta Blooms!

“This is going to be the most dazzling spring spectacle that Atlanta has ever seen,”# said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden”s executive director.

Featuring more than a quarter-million bulbs — including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and many others — the third annual Atlanta Blooms! fest begins with pots along the Promenade and Crape Myrtle Allee brimming with “Pink Star” and “Cr##me Upstar” — both fragrant, peony-like tulips making their debut.

In the Levy Parterre, more than 8,000 double cream and pink and cream bi-colors are sure to bring a smile. Yellow, pink, and salmon are included in the chameleon “Perestroyka” tulips. Joined by graceful cream and cheerful yellow varieties, they”re sure to brighten the Rose Garden.

For the first time, islands of tulips will float in containers in the Fuqua Conservatory reflecting pool.# “Charming Lady”, with her double layer of buttery yellow petals blushed with pink, forms the perfect match for the miniature “Quail” daffodil.

Also guest starring in the show will be the lesser known but equally delightful species tulips. These represent what tulips in their native range of the Middle East through China more closely resemble. Typically more slender and often more compact than their highly hybridized cousins, these perennial darlings are planted primarily along the Crape Myrtle Allee and in the Rock Garden. “Lady Jane”,# “Cynthia”, and “Lilac Wonder” are among the favorites.

By selecting bulbs based on when the variety blooms – early, mid- or late spring “# the Garden is able to stagger their performances for a show spanning the entire season.

In addition, the bulbs join swaths of existing perennial bulbs, pansies, phlox, daphne, spring wildflowers, native azaleas, and deciduous magnolias in blanketing the Garden in a technicolor rainbow – all aimed at welcoming spring with a bang of glory.

The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment. The Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE in Midtown. Garden hours are Tuesday-Sunday, November-March from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and April-October from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Thursdays till 10 p.m.). Admission is $18.95 adults, $12.95 children 3-12, free to children under three and Garden members. For more information, visit atlantabotanicalgarden.org or call 404.876.5859.