Atlanta Blooms at Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Finally, after one too many months of cold winter temperatures, the spring season is so close you can practically taste it! The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is definitely ready for the beautiful spring season, as one of their most popular exhibits has returned to display what the true beauty of the season is all about...flowers! From the month March until April all of Atlanta is welcomed to come out and see some of the most beautiful flowers in bloom as Atlanta Blooms! emerges as one of the best things about this city in the springtime.

By selecting bulbs based on when the variety blooms - early, mid- or late spring - the Garden is able to stagger their performances for a show spanning the entire season. "This is going to be the most dazzling spring spectacle that Atlanta has ever seen," said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden's executive director. Featuring more than a quarter-million bulbs -- including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and many others -- the third annual Atlanta Blooms! fest begins with pots along the Promenade and Crape Myrtle Allee brimming with 'Pink Star' and 'Creme Upstar' -- both fragrant, peony-like tulips making their debut.

For the first time, islands of tulips will float in containers in the Fuqua Conservatory reflecting pool. 'Charming Lady', with her double layer of buttery yellow petals blushed with pink, forms the perfect match for the miniature 'Quail' daffodil. In addition, the bulbs join swaths of existing perennial bulbs, pansies, phlox, daphne, spring wildflowers, native azaleas, and deciduous magnolias in blanketing the Garden in a Technicolor rainbow - all aimed at welcoming spring with a bang of glory.

With this display of floral proportions, Atlanta Blooms! is something that no Atlanta resident should miss...so hurry! The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is located at 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, 404-876-5859. Operating hours are: Garden hours are Tuesday-Sunday, November-March from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and April-October from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Thursdays till 10 p.m.). Admission is $18.95 adults, $12.95 children 3-12, free to children under 3 and Garden members. For more information visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org . For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.