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Daily video reports from the garden

March 21, 2019
Yesterday Director of Development, Mai Lee stopped for a chat with KNCO Newstalk 830 about Ananda’s 50th Anniversary, Ananda Worldwide, Ananda Village, The Expanding Light Retreat, Ananda Meditation Retreat, Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation & Ananda Village Living Wisdom School. She did a great job summarizing the breadth of this worldwide movement.

More importantly, she covered this year’s Springtime at Ananda tulip season on the first day of Spring.

March 19, 2019

First real vlog from the garden with Mai Lee, our marketing gal. We are so ready for Spring. Are you? Everyone has been asking if we will have tulips on April 1. Its a little too early — maybe? It is April Fools and Mother Nature plays jokes on us all the time. Watch the video and find out.

March 18, 2019

Mother Nature helped with the Shining Rays this Saturday and we got the Green Team , 28 wonderful people planting flower bulbs , weeding areas around and making everything pretty for the beginning of Springtime At Ananda , which is around the corner 🌈
As we can see now , and most likely ~ the first week of April will enchant with some of the tulips in bloom , but ~ the second week will share the whole tulip extravaganza ~

We had lots of fun this Saturday with laughter , delicious breakfast and great friendships .Thank you everyone for your sweet presence 🌹
Looking forward for next time

March 14, 2019

It has been very cold here in Nevada City and every where else in California. Today we have a break in the cold weather – finally no rain, sleet, and clouds. Is Mother nature giving us hints of spring through these beautiful daffodils? We hope so!

If you don’t know, we have an amazing VIP and Deluxe Events packages this year. Its only for one weekend April 13 & April 14. They have been selling like hot cakes. Get your ticket before we run out.

March 7, 2019

Inside look at garden design with our lead gardener Nancy Mair.

December 20, 2019

It’s starting.

Creating a beautiful tulip garden is not a simple task. Scores of volunteers and staff, like Ric have already planted 6,000 bulbs and 2,000 bedding plants such as pansies and forget me not. Planting starts with pulling out existing summer garden plants and flowers.

Then we prep the soil, plant bulbs, go back over the planted bulbs and plant bedding plants in the fall and winter. In the spring just before the gardens open volunteers will plant additional pansies and forget me not flowers. Stay tuned for a detailed report on garden design process with lead garden designer Nancy and Keri Mair.


  1. Hello,

    I heard that the tulip bulbs are available after the season. Is there a way to sign up to get them?

    1. Maureen,

      You can ask for it when you visit. We don’t manage that here (on the website) ask our gardeners.

  2. Hi,
    According to the website, there is an upper and lower garden. Will they both be open for visit? I might have read somewhere that only the upper garden may be open but not the lower garden. Is it true?

    1. Hi Stacy,

      During tulip season (month of April) business hours 10AM to 5PM both lower and upper gardens will be open. Generally the upper gardens are always open on a donation basis.



  3. Hello Again. I looked into the Tulips and a table. The sight said product can not be purchased? Do i need to wait until closer to May? I would like my visit to be special for our 10th anniversary.

    1. Rob,

      I will let you know when it’s up. Sorry I took it off to make the terms clearer. It’s happening. I will email you personally when it’s up.

  4. I have a friend visiting and we would like to come up to see the gardens on Friday, March 15th….. Are the gardens open to view and what is the cost? Also, is anything blooming yet?

    Thank you,

    1. Wendy,

      The gardens are open year round on a donation basis except for the month of April for Springtime at Ananda event. There’s no tulips yet but it is a beautiful place to visit regardless.

  5. This is my first visit and I’m looking forward to it. Can you buy tickets there or do you need to get them online before arriving? Is there a limit to the number of people per day that are allowed on the grounds?
    Thank you.

    1. Jean,

      We recommend you buy the tickets online it helps us keep track of the occupancy.

  6. My wife and I are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary in Nevada City on May 2nd. Is is a good time to visit the Gardens?

    1. It really depends Rob. Sometimes if Mother Nature allows it. The tulips will bloom until the second week of May. Regardless, I think the gardens are still absolutely stunning – it will be green and lush. The peonies will be in full bloom. Since it’s a special celebration. You might want to consider our Tulips & a Table in collaboration with The Stone House restaurant.

  7. Please let me know when it’s a good time to visit and see the tulips blooming.

    1. Hi Annette,

      Mid April is the best time. But check back here on this blog for daily videos from the garden. Also sign up for our newsletter. We typically send an email when the garden is in peak bloom.


    2. Annette,

      Mid April. But check back here. Our staff will post daily videos.

  8. Hello. Please let me know what is the best time to visit when the tulips are blooming. Thank you.

    1. Leny,

      It’s best to visit our website’s Tulip Watch. We will also send out an email. Just make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter.

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