2018
Tulip Bloom
Update

Live video reports from the garden.

May 6, 2018
The official tulip season finishes today but there are plenty of tulips in the garden. You can still visit us. Admission starting Monday, May 7 is on donation basis.

The garden still be beautiful for Mother’s Day. Make plans to visit with Mom.

May 4, 2018
May 5 & 6th Weekend Update

Wow! We can’t believe the tulips are still going strong. If you’re coming this weekend expect an array of zinnias, the brush peony is gracing us with her beauty and the dogwood tree is simply a delight! I almost forgot — the wisteria is blooming above the colonnade, gazebo and on the patio by the pool.

Don’t forget Mother’s Day is May 13th! We think there will still be a few tulips throughout the garden with plenty of other flowers. Plan a visit to the gardens followed by a with a picnic lunch on the lawn at Master’s Market.

May 2, 2018

If you haven’t made the trip out to see the tulips don’t worry! The tulips are not gone yet.

April 26, 2018

April 28 to 29 Weekend Update

Tulip season isn’t finished. Mid season tulips are in bloom and the late blooms color next week in May! We are delighted this season as nice and long. We have tulip color from the top of the garden in the upper terraces to the bottom. There are tulips everywhere!

What else is coming into bloom? Fragrant wisterias, wide color range of azaleas, tree peonies, rhododendron, thousands of woodland hyacinth flower, and dogwoods trees.

April 25, 2018

Is there such a thing as peak tulip bloom? If you ask our garden designer Nancy Mair her response is no. We plant a good mix of mid to late blooming tulips. That means there is a steady bloom throughout the tulip season.

April 23, 2018

This mornings bloom update is brought to you by Good Day Sacramento.

April 21, 2018

Live from the garden 🌷: It is beautiful day and the flowers are popping every where. You are in for a treat today Nancy has extra scones waiting for you.

Scones will be served at 12PM to 5PM Saturday and Sunday.

April 17, 2018

What should you look for this weekend? Calling lovers of peonies! Did you know double tulips look almost like peony flowers? Guess what? They are peaking this weekend and so are the tree peonies.

Correction: Shurb peonies are budding right now. They will be blooming in 3 weeks.

April 16, 2018

It is cold in the garden about 39 degrees. Please dress in layers. The gardens are open rain, shine or snow. There is no snow here and when it does snow the snow melts quickly. The tulips love the cold and rain.

It’s a perfect time to visit. The gardens are quiet and with very few people.

April 13 to 15 Weekend Update

If you have been waiting for the perfect time to visit. Now is the time. The pictures just don’t do the garden justice.

Plan your visit with these suggested itineraries:

Trip #1: $35 All Inclusive Lunch, roundtrip ride from Nevada City and general admission tickets. Buy tickets here

Trip #2: Start your day with a wildflower walk Bridgeport Covered Bridge, enjoy lunch or bring your own for a picnic on the lawn at Master’s Market, Bakery & Deli, then make your way to Crystal Hermitage for a color and bloom experience.

Trip #3: Start with a easy hike on Independence Trail (west), then a stop at the 49 Bridge for photo ops, enjoy lunch or bring your own for a picnic on the lawn at Master’s Market, Bakery & Deli, then make your way to Crystal Hermitage for a color and bloom experience.

April 11, 2018

If you have waited for the perfect time to visit, this weekend will be a fantastic to see the start of peak tulip blooms and the blossoming Kwanzan Sekiyama (flowering cherry) trees. Here are the trees as of 9:30 AM this morning.

April 10, 2018

Perfect condition for people who like the cooler weather. If you come today pack a light rain coat.

April 9, 2018

We are about 60% to peak bloom. As many of you know, the start to spring was slow. The weather was raining and cold which delayed the tulip bloom. The great news is with this delay, the blooms may go into the second week of May.

On a another note, the kwanzan cherry trees will peak mid week and throughout the weekend. It’s a good time to visit.

April 6, 2018

There’s a big storm heading this way. Friday & Saturday weather forecasts call for rain. Nevertheless, the gardens are open for viewing and it will be gorgeous. Don’t let a little rain deter you. Sunday will be sunny and beautiful. 🌷

April 5, 2018

Kwanzan Sekiyama (flowering cherry) trees are spectacular when in full bloom. Check back often because when these trees bloom it can be very quick. We will do our best to keep you informed.

April 3, 2018

We had over 425 guests in the gardens on Easter weekend. Thanks to the warm weather we have 540 blooming. We are waiting for 16,460 tulips. Keep checking back here for the best time to visit.

Remember tulips bloom at different times. You can read about it here.

April 1, 2018
Easter Weekend

Live video from the garden. 228 visitors on our opening day.

March 30, 2018
Easter Weekend

If you have tickets for this weekend. Here is the garden conditions update with Nancy Mair.

March 29, 2018

Bloom Update with Nancy Mair, lead Gardener. Our lone tulip has a few more friends. Every day there are more and more tulips in the garden.

March 23, 2018

Finally there’s a break in the rain. Manager, Lalita Motyka gives today’s tulip bloom update.

March 16, 2018

Weather forecasts 38 degrees, rain with a possibility of snow over the weekend. No stems on the tulip plants yet but check it out have an earlier bird & a rainbow!

March 11, 2018

There is 2 more weeks of rain and possibility snow. As you can see we have some early birds popping out of the ground.

Currently, the 10 day forecast is cold, rain and possible snow. Here are pictures from last year’s snow fall on tulips! Don’t let the weather deter you. The gardens are beautiful in every weather.

17 Comments

  1. Hello,
    The tulips look beautiful!
    I will be hosting a women’s wellness retreat up at the Gaia House this September 7 – 9, 2018 and was wanting to plan a walk through the Crystal hermitage Gardens. I was also wondering how much it would cost to reserve the Chapel for meditation (Saturday, Sept. 8th). Not sure if this is even possible? What would the per person cost be to walk the gardens? Will it be open while we are there? How far of a walk is it from The Expanding Light Retreat to the gardens? Would it be better to drive?
    Your response would be most appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Kimberly

  2. Hi there, will the garden be open this upcoming weekend?? Would love to stop by and view these beautiful tulips.

    1. Vanessa,

      Yes the gardens will be beautiful. There might be light rain. You can check our website for daily video report on the garden.

  3. Hi! I have never been there before. A friend told me about them. Can you bring a baby? About 2 months. And it’s $6.00 to go? And you buy online? You can just come and walk around and get pictures with the tulips?

    1. Hi Jenna,

      Yes you can bring a baby. You can buy tickets at the door $6 and online tickets are $7 there’s no waiting in line and you get a free postcard with your purchase. Photography is recommended. Enjoy.

  4. I know it’s only a few short days, but is there any significant change in the blooms over the last few days? Thank you!

  5. We read that if we visit Monday April 2 admission will be free?
    Thank you

    1. Cheryl,

      The admission price is $6 at the door and $7 (no waiting in line tickets are available) online. The rest of the garden seasons are open to the public on a donation basis.

  6. How are things looking for this weekend?? We have tickets for Saturday

    1. This weekend hopefully we’ll have a couple hundred tulips. You can call for an update Thursday or Friday: 530 478-7587.

  7. My husband, Paul Mascovich and I were married at Amanda 7years ago.
    We would like to come up for two night retreat April 15, 16. Is there a room available?
    I am an artist and wondering if I could set up for Plein air painting while there on retreat.
    Let us know. I’m sure you’re busy this time of year.
    Kathy Bradley and Paul Mascovich
    515-480-6858

    1. Kathy,

      We are a little swamped on our end. Has someone checked in with you regarding your reservation?

  8. I’m delighted to know that your delicious scones will be available on two weekends in April during the tulip bloom! Will lunch be available? Thank you, Petra Maher

    1. We are excited too. They’re delicious. Lunch is available at Expanding Light Retreat or Master’s Market. Lunch hours are 12:30PM to 1:30PM. If you plan to dine at Expanding Light please make are reservation 530-478-7518 option 1.
      You can buy a meal with your ticket online. Here

  9. Just wanted to check
    Are you not open at all Monday, March 26th?
    I was hoping to bring my visiting cousin, big show or no.
    Thank you
    Tyla Healton

    1. Tyla,

      Yes we are open. No tulips yet but the gardens are still a delight. If there’s rain and sunshine maybe even a rainbow.

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