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Hendersonville, NC, 28792
12th Annual “Tulip Extravaganza”
After the rough winter comes spring, the first signs of spring are popping up through the ground as a prelude to the twelfth Tulip Extravaganza in downtown Hendersonville.
In the next few weeks, tulips will start blooming along Main Street.
Eight thousand to 10,000 bulbs are planted each year to bring color to Main Street. The “Tulip Extravaganza” is organized by Barbara Hughes, owner of Narnia Studios at 315 N. Main Street.
The Tulip Extravaganza is scheduled for April 1-30, which includes the week of Passover (April 14-22) and Easter (April 20). Many shops will hold an annual “spring cleaning” sidewalk sale April 11and 12 during the height of the spring color. Downtown businesses hope that residents will bring their out-of-town guests for a colorful month of shopping and dining.
“They are actually a couple of days ahead of schedule,” she said of the tulips. “They couldn’t help it. They had a rough life this winter, but the last couple of weeks were unseasonably warm.”
“The bulbs we planted in the fall should be in full bloom the second and third week of April,” said Master Gardener Scott Johnson. “Lots of tulip leaves are already poking through the flower beds.”
Also, the annual tulip photo contest will go throughout the month, with the deadline to enter being April 26. Winners of the photo contest will be announced April 30. All photos entered must be taken in downtown Hendersonville.
“I really appreciate that the landscapers do such a wonderful job. They’re very uplifting; the colors are gorgeous.”
Also in downtown Hendersonville to celebrate spring, the Easter Bonnet Promenade will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at the gazebo on Main Street. The event was inspired by Barbara Ladner, who always enjoyed “old timey” celebrations, said Hughes.
This year, the contest will judge the best hat in two categories: ages 14 and younger and older folks. Winners are given a basket from Narnia.
“Wear your finest or ‘funnest’ hat and join in. The hats are voted on and prizes awarded,” Hughes explained.
For more information, call 828-697-6393.