17,000 Tulips Bloom at Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda Village

Nevada City— After a two-year closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ananda’s glorious tulip garden will open to the public once more in April. 

Visitors are once again invited to enjoy the color and serenity of 17,000 tulips in bloom for  Springtime at Ananda at Crystal Hermitage. This time, unlike in the past, people must buy tickets in advance to visit. This will ensure that the gardens will be uncrowded and will have plenty of room for social distancing. No drop-in visitors will be allowed.

Ananda’s Marketing Director, Mai Lee exclaims, “We are thrilled to be re-opening. Now, more than ever, people need to come together — to connect and visit.  What’s a better way than to be outside bathing in nature’s vibrant beauty?  The tulip gardens have been a spring time tradition that is sorely missed and needed after the past 2 years.”

Some 24,000 people have enjoyed these spectacular gardens in the past. 

“We planted over 90 varieties of mid and late season Dutch bulbs this year,” said lead gardener, Nancy Mair. “We blend tulips with a rainbow of complementary pansies, wisteria, rhododendrons, azaleas, peonies, dogwood trees and the fabulous cherry tree, so that guests enjoy a different garden in each terrace.”

The gardens will be open every day in April, 10am-5pm, and we will be open Easter Weekend, April 16-17.

Visitors are welcome to explore the upper terraced gardens and follow the meandering paths by pools, waterfalls, statuary, and the award-winning chapel inspired by the Little Church of St. Francis in Assisi.

“I joined a group for the drive to the garden, and although I have visited many gardens around the world, I’ve never seen anything remotely like it,” wrote one garden blogger.

Situated on a precipice of the San Juan Ridge 30 minutes outside of Nevada City, the gardens overlook the Tahoe National Forest and Yuba River Canyon.

Visitors can chat with Crystal Hermitage lead gardeners, visit the museum, or quietly enjoy the peace and beauty. For a lunch, visitors will find delicious vegetarian fare at the Expanding Light Retreat or at Master’s Market in downtown Ananda Village. The Expanding Light Retreat Center also offers overnight accommodations, with advance reservations. 

The garden will be open seven days a week in April, 10am-5pm. Cost is $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends. Tickets available at


    1. yes definitely buy tickets in advance.

  1. How do we buy tickets and do they have to be for the next day or a specific date?
    Are you still offering season passes?

    1. Yes we offer season passes and you must have buy a ticket in advance.

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