With a nod to Mother Nature and and an unseasonably warm winter, downtown Hendersonville will be celebrating the 15th Annual "Tulip Extravaganza" a bit earlier
than previous years.
Eight to ten thousand tulips are about to burst into bloom in downtown Hendersonville according to master gardener, Scott Johnson. “The bulbs we planted in the fall should be in full bloom the third and fourth week of March,” said Johnson recently. This annual floral display spurred Narnia Studios owner, Barbara Hughes, to the decision to invite the community to the an annual celebration she dubbed “Tulip Extravaganza”. Krista Hare of Goldcrafting by Phillips & Co. felt is was a great opportunity to welcome area residents to enjoy spring in downtown Hendersonville. “The planters and flower beds on Main Street are beautiful year round, but in the spring they are especially showy,” said Hare.
The “Tulip Extravaganza” is scheduled for March 15-April 15, which includes the week prior to Easter, April 16, and encompasses Passover, April 10-18, this year. Many of the shops will be holding their annual ‘spring cleaning’ sidewalk sale on April 7 and 8 during the height of the spring color. The downtown businesses hope residents will bring their out-of-town guests for a week of shopping and dining. “Downtown Hendersonville is such a treasure to Western North Carolina. We anticipate as many visitors as tulips!” said Barbara Hughes, owner of Narnia Studios. Hughes also said the businesses will each have unique ways to welcome the crowds and spring. “Many businesses will have tulip-themed displays in their windows as well as offering their spring specials,” Hughes added.
Also, the 15th Annual “Tulip Extravaganza” photo contest is always fun. All photos entered must be taken in downtown Hendersonville and the deadline to enter is April 14. The winners will be announced April 18.
For more information about the “Tulip Extravaganza”, call Hughes at 697-6393.
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