West Side Community Garden’s Annual Tulip Festival will be in full bloom for two weekends in 2015, Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26, and Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3, a feast for the eyes after months of cold and snow. With a display of a wide variety of more than 12,000 tulips, spring flowers, and blossoming cherry trees, this block-wide floral event attracts not only New York gardeners, but a steady stream of area families and tourists from around the world.
“Families of all ages enjoy exploring the garden,” says WSCG Board President Jackie Bukowski. “Children from the neighborhood and around the City participate in the bulb planting weekends in the fall and are excited to come back and see the fruits of their labor.”
Bukowsi adds, “Visitors will be able to see a vibrant array of tulip varieties unmatched in the New York Area.” WSCG is celebrating its 41st year as a serene green space for gardeners and visitors alike.
Open daily from dawn to dusk during the blooming season, admission to the Tulip Festival is free through the entrance at 123 West 89th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues).
Member volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and give horticultural tours of the planting beds. Also this year, on Saturday April 25 and Saturday May 2, at 1 PM, the Tulip Festival will be featuring tulip appreciation and education with a Garden Lesson and Tour by WSCG’s Chief Horticulturalist, Tom Thies:
A Brief History of Tulips, As Seen in the West Side Community Garden.
The West Side Community Garden Tulip Festival is funded in part by the Greenacre Foundation and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, and through the generosity of Upper West Side neighbors and community. West Side Community Garden is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is completely accessible.
Transportation: Subways: C or B (weekdays only) to 86th Street or 96th Street; 1, 2, 3 to 96th Street. Buses: M11 or M7 to West 90th Str