Springtime at Ananda

17,000 Tulips in Bloom at Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda Village

Starting in early April, enjoy the glorious color and serenity of 17,000 tulips in bloom during Springtime at Ananda 2020, at Crystal Hermitage Gardens in Nevada City. The gardens are open daily from 10am to 5pm and attract over 10,000 visitors per year, including families enjoying free admission for children 12 and under.

“We planted over 100 varieties of mid and late season Dutch bulbs this year,” said Master Gardener, Nancy Mair. “We blend tulips with a rainbow of complementary pansies, wisteria, rhododendrons, azaleas, peonies, dogwood trees and the fabulous cherry tree, so that guests enjoy a different garden in each terrace.”

Admission is $8 on weekdays, and $10 on weekends.

Visitors are welcome to explore the upper terraced gardens and follow the meandering paths by pools, waterfalls, and statuary, and to visit the gift boutique, shrine, award-winning chapel inspired by the Little Church of St. Francis in Assisi. Inside the Crystal Hermitage house, visitors will discover a spectacular collection of Kashmiri wood carved furniture by India’s Suffering Moses, ethereal paintings by Italy’s Guido Odierna, and Balinese art carvings depicting the Ramayana, India’s epic written thousands of years ago.

“I joined a group for the drive to the garden, and although I have visited many gardens around the world, I’ve never seen anything remotely like it,” wrote one garden blogger.

A vegetarian lunch or overnight accommodations can be reserved at The Expanding Light Retreat by calling (530) 478-7516 extension 1. At the Master’s Market in the heart of ”downtown Ananda” visitors will find a selection of vegetarian grocery, bakery, and deli items, with cafe seating indoors, and outdoor seating on the green in the uplifting surroundings of Ananda Village.

Situated along the San Juan Ridge on a precipice overlooking the Yuba River Canyon and Tahoe National Forest, the gardens are a scenic,  25-minute drive from Historic Nevada City.

For more information, tulip bloom updates, photography guidelines, and directions, please call (530) 478-7574 or visit crystalhermitage.org. You may also email hermitage@ananda.org. Bloom updates will be on Instragram and FaceBook Live.

Tickets may be purchased online at crystalhermitage.org/tickets.

Groups are welcome to visit weekdays, 10am – 5pm. For groups of 20 or more, please call in advance at (530) 478-7587. Unfortunately, disability access is limited at this time.

Please no dogs, picnicking or alcohol at the gardens.

For media inquiries, please contact Mai Lee at 310-621-3721, or at mai@ananda.org.