Crystal Hermitage in Ananda Village, about 90 minutes from downtown Sacramento is a meticulously planted private garden. Ananda itself is a Retreat Center based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananada and Kriyananda. Ananda Village is comprised of over 700 acres of beautiful rolling meadows and forestland in the Sierra Nevada foothills and includes several temples, a Retreat Center, a small organic market and gift store, but the jewel in the crown is perhaps the Crystal Hermitage garden, which is planted with 17,000 tulips and other spring flowers.
With COVID-19, the Ananda Retreat Center is closed to visitors, but you can join the Tulip Watch and in early April see a virtual video tour of Crystal Hermitage by checking in here.
If you are in the area and would like to practice social distancing while taking a stroll, consider taking the Nevada City Walking tree tour, with many trees in bloom or newly leafed out during April and May. Use your cell phone to create your own walk and follow the many trees throughout Nevada City http://bit.ly/39ZVfiv
What: Crystal Hermitage Tulip Garden
When: Closed due to COVID-19
Virtual tours: crystalhermitage.org
What: Nevada City Self-Guided Walking Tree Tour
Online map: http://bit.ly/39ZVfiv
Please note, like most Visitor Centers and the Ananda Retreat Center, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Please rely on online resources for the self-guided tree tour map.
Ananda’s Crystal Hermitage Garden near Nevada City, California showcases over 17,000 tulips each spring. Closed due to COVID_19, watch for the virtual tour in early April at crystalhermitage.org
Nevada City also offers a self-guided Walking Tree Tour. Free Tree Tour maps at http://bit.ly/39ZVfiv.