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Tulip Time

The tulips planted in the Annual Bed have begun to open and create a gorgeous color display in the Lily Pool Terrace. Planted by curator Cayleb Long last fall, these spring bloomers have made a bit of an early debut thanks in part to the unseasonable warm 80-degree weather enjoyed in Brooklyn this past week. Of particular interest in this year’s tulip assortment is the large display of Darwin Hybrid Tulips, known for their large size, long stems, and brilliantly colored flowers. Be sure to also keep an eye out for the Rococo Parrot Tulip, its flamboyant, ruffled shape and exotic color make it a stand out in this year's exhibit!

Rebecca Bullene is a former editor at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She is the proprietor of Greenery NYC, a creative floral and garden design company that specializes in botanical works of art including terrariums, urban oasis gardens, and whimsical floral arrangements.


  • BBG Staff March 18, 2015

    Hi, Amanda: Although no one can say for certain when the peak bloom will be, a visit during the second or third week in April would probably be a safe bet for seeing BBG’s tulips at their best. And yes, weekends start getting busy this time of year. The displays are easy to see even with lots of visitors, but if you want a quieter experience, try visiting on a weekday.

  • Amanda March 16, 2015

    When would be the best time to view the tulip gardens? When are they at their peak—we are trying to plan a trip to see them. Are the weekends packed? Do you recommend midweek? Thank you for all your help.

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