Thursday, May 19, 2011
TulipMania! Free Tulip Bulbs
Want some tulip bulbs to plant in your garden for next year? Planting bulbs is a great activity to do with your kids!
The following is taken directly from the Garfield Conservatory website:
Saturday, May 21st
Hours: 9 am, until bulbs are gone
Where: Garfield Market Place Gate, just north of the Conservatory’s front doors
Tulips are among the first flowers to bloom in the spring, bringing early color to Chicago’s streets and parks. Each year, the City of Chicago and Chicago Park District plant thousands of tulips around the city to be enjoyed by all. By mid-May the tulip bulbs are ready to be removed for warmer season flowers – that’s where TulipMania comes into play! Instead of throwing the tulip bulbs away, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance volunteers bag them to be redistributed to the public for free. Join us at TulipMania this year to get your own supply of tulip bulbs to plant in your own backyard, street or community garden!
Please note that although the event begins at 9am, the line for TulipMania begins forming much earlier in the morning, and the bulbs are usually gone by 11am. The number of bags of tulip bulbs each guest may take will be dependent on the supply of bulbs received from the Chicago Park District. In the past, guests have been able to take two plastic grocery bags of bulbs, each bag holding about a dozen bulbs. Please note that you do not need to bring your own bags – the bulbs will be pre-bagged.
Members skip the line! Current members of the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance can skip the line by checking in at the member table at the gate. Memberships can be purchased at the member table the day of the event.