It’s almost that time again — that glorious time of the year when tulips take over New York City. In a matter of days, our parks and gardens will be populated with these feminine, perky flowers in almost every color on the wheel. If I even say the word, “tulips,” I can’t help but smile and be in a good mood.
My favorite green space for tulips in Manhattan is the West Side Community Garden in my neighborhood. Just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Broadway, the garden is a peaceful oasis just like the many community gardens throughout New York. With over 10,000 tulips and more than 30 varieties, the WSCG has been planted annually for 25 years. Each November, volunteers, garden members, and even out-of-town friends come together to plant the bulbs on the parcel, located between Columbus and Amsterdam, with entrances on West 89th and West 90th Streets.
According to Holland Haiis Aguirre, Vice President of the West Side Community Garden and Chair of the Tulip Committee, the garden has individual flower plots as well as shared areas where everyone is free to plant. Individual plot holders choose from a variety of colors and are only limited by their imaginations.
|Before the tulips bloom|
“Shared areas are not planted by any specific color design or pattern, but merely with the idea of having some early, middle and late blooming tulips in all areas so no particular area is barren at any time,” Aguirre said. As a result, this lush, full garden is a floral paradise that no New Yorker or visitor should miss.
|The view of the West Side Community Garden from 89th Street|
Though tulips have been planted for several decades at the WSCG, the festival is celebrating its fifth season. This year, special events will include floral designer, Trish O’Sullivan who teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, sharing her knowledge on “How to Make the Perfect Arrangement.” Her work can also be seen in two flower plots in the garden.
Be sure to bring your camera and snap photos. Enter the best one into the annual photography contest, but not before you learn how to take the perfect picture and capture the perfect light with professional photographers, Jane Grundy and Brandon Remlor on Sundays at 2 p.m.
These and other events are scheduled throughout the festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4
p.m. on April 13-14 and April 20-21. The festival will take place rain or shine and the garden is open sunup to sundown. All ages are welcome and it’s free.
For a detailed schedule of events, visit the website.
I took a stroll by the garden yesterday while walking Bogey to Central Park. With the warm, sunny days in New York this week, the tulips are about to explode at any moment. They should be ripe for all to enjoy by the weekend. I look forward to seeing you in the garden!
Photos courtesy of the West Side Community Garden and Holland Haiis Aguirre