Spring at the Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda is worth the trip, open every day in April, the beautiful gardens are home to 17,000 tulips with 111 different varieties. Visitors can explore the pools, waterfalls, chapel and lower gardens, the admission price is $8-$10 or you can get a season pass, kids 12 and under are free. On the weekends of April 13th/14th & 20th/21st the Master Gardener and designer will available to chat with folks about the gardens. While they don’t allow picnics in the gardens if you arrive early you may treat yourself to a maple scone. Ananda Village, renowned for being one of the longest existing cooperative spiritual communities in the world, is 20 minutes outside of Nevada City. Many thanks to Cathy Stewart Photography for sharing photos from a previous visit, if you visit and share your photos on Instagram, make sure to use #VisitNevadaCity. Or you can join Nevada City Scenic’s photo walk with Kial James for a meet up with other photographers (if you can’t make this photo walk, click here for the list of the other 2019 meet ups). While the gardens change every day, the peak of the flowers in generally in the middle of April, to keep tabs check out the Tulip Watch on their website. Regardless of when you go this month, it’s worth the trip.
Please post a comment on this blog post and one lucky winner will win two tickets to the gardens, winner will be announced on Monday, April 8th. Edited to say the winner is Denise Bryant.