After the tulips have finished blooming, volunteers come in one morning to remove the bulbs and make way for the summer annuals. Tulips are first come, first serve. You only need to bring your garden supplies.
We received this e-mail yesterday from the gardens:
There is still no date for the upcoming Keep What You Pull Day. The
cooling trend this week in the weather will most likely extend the bloom time in
the gardens well into the first week of May.
Learn more about Keep What You Pull Day, and sign up for date notification here.
It's great that they offer "tulip recycling" but would be even better if they considered native perennials for the future. When visiting, there were rows and rows of untouched dirt - so much that I asked a staffer whether they were redoing the gardens this year. No, these are annuals. Perhaps in the future the parks department would consider a more longer-term approach to the gardens.