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National Park Service's tulip garden showing bursts of color Special

By Leigh Goessl     Apr 11, 2013 in Travel
Washington - As temperatures kick into a summertime feel, the National Parks Service's Tulip garden in Washington, D.C., is also blooming into season.
As you walk down to the Tidal Basin you might stumble onto what The Examiner refers to as "a secret garden in plain sight."
The garden, called the Tulip Library, is currently bursting with color. This stunning garden is crafted and maintained by the National Parks Service (NPS).
Each year NPS plants approximately 10,000 bulbs that are flown in from Holland and The Netherlands. According to the Examiner, this tradition started in 1969.
Usually, the tulips and cherry blossoms bloom simultaneously, which is a true delight for flower lovers and photographers alike. Visitors in this sense can get a "two for one" when visiting Washington.
Even the casual admirer is likely to be stunned by the gorgeous color that bursts in and around the Tidal Basin during this time of year.
Currently, the tulips aren't quite in full bloom, but in many sections, the flowers are already fully opened.
NPS' Tulip display showcases close to 100 varieties of tulips in 15 different classes. Here's what can be seen so far this year:
This is one type of tulip I did not recall ever seeing  and the flowers had not yet begun to open.
This is one type of tulip I did not recall ever seeing, and the flowers had not yet begun to open.
For more information on the Tulip program, please visit NPS' web page that gives much detail.
There's usually a lot to see in Washington, D.C. each spring. This year doesn't disappoint.
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