Springtime = ‘Topeka Tulip Time’ — Annual festival celebrates blooms

_______________________________________________________________ spring, 2019

’Tis springtime, and tulips are abloom! Topekans and visitors are invited to celebrate during the annual “Tulip Time Festival,” April 5th-22nd 2019.
                         Here are a few exciting details!

Glorious tulips galore!
The Festival is staged by Shawnee County Parks + Recreation. More than 100,000 blooms, presenting a multitude of colors, are showcased in three feature gardens:
Doran Rock Garden and surrounding areas at Gage Park, 635 Southwest Gage Boulevard
Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade Botanical Garden,124 Northwest Fillmore Street
● and Ted Ensley Gardens, on the west side of Lake Shawnee.

Guided tours
Throughout the Festival, Guided tours for groups of 15 or more are available with advance reservations at:
● Ted Ensley Gardens, (785)251-6800, and
● Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade Botanical Garden, (785) 251-6989.

Special Events
The Festival includes Special Events over the weekends:
Tulip Time Festival at the Lake
Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday April 7th.
Enjoy a classic car show, vendors, food trucks plus live music entertainment by The Topeka High Drum Line and Diane Gillenwater Violin and String Music.

Admission: $5.00 suggested donation. Free for kids under 5.

Tulips at Twilight

Tulips at Twilight
Old Prairie Town

Fridays-Saturdays, 6p.m.-10 p.m.
April 12th-13th, 19th-20th, 26th-27th.

Love tulips at sunset, and after dark. View them along candlelit paths, and along illuminated, handmade displays of larger than life flowers.
Sign up for a scheduled tour of Old Prairie Town Buildings. Enjoy live music performances hosted by the Topeka Blues Society.
Admission: $5.00 suggested donation. Free for kids under 5.

Topeka Tulip Time was named in two honorable lists in the past few years:
● In 2014 TopEventUSA.com named Topeka Tulip Time on their “Top 10 Tulip Festivals in the USA.”
● In 2016 1-800-FLOWERS.COM named Topeka Tulip Time on their eight “Top Tulip Festivals in the United States.”

More information
● The annual Topeka Tulip Time began over 30 years ago. This is the 10th year Shawnee County Parks and Recreation staged the event.
● Topekans, and people from all over Kansas come to this annual event. Also, over the years, people have come from all over the world, including from 86 cities in 30 states, as well from the United Kingdom, India, Russia, Australia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
● The cool spring has tulips blooming late this year. While tulips are blossoming now, horticulturists predict that the tulips will reach the height of bloom around April 12th.
● For more information on the 2019 Topeka Tulip Time Festival, call (785) 251-6800, or visit here.


*** Other communities in Kansas that host a Tulip Festival this time of year: Belle Plaine, Wamego, and Wichita.


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