April is when the tulips bloom and many places across the nation hold Tulip Festivals.
Tulip Time in Topeka is celebrated across many locations, most sponsored by Topeka Parks and Recreation Department.
One of my families favorite places to visit all year long is Ward Meade Park.
Ward Meade park has a lovely botanical garden, historical landmarks, a gift shop, and a working old time ice cream parlor!
Over the past two weekends, Tulip Time was lit up and visitors were able to enjoy the tulips into the nighttime.
I wanted to share some of the photos I took while attending the event.
The image above in the graphic is one of my favorites.
Here it is full sized:
Many photographers and amateur photographers bring very nice cameras and spend the entire day taking photographs.
It makes me want to get a good camera!
I should have one for my blog, it would be tax deductible after all.
It’s on the wishlist!
During the day you can appreciate the decorations that will later be lit up.
Then at night, the art comes alive with lights!
Tulip Festival in Kansas would be complete without our state flower, the Sunflower.
I really loved these deep purple and red tulips. Such a juxtaposition to all the bright and pastel flowers. These lined the entire parameter of the site.
Ward Meade Park’s botanical gardens have more than flowers. Trees are a major part of the landscape.
The gardens boast over 500 species of trees and shrubs and over 5000 annual flowers!
Ward Meade is a beautiful place rich in history that our family has visited for generations. The Tulip event only being in April of every year.
The light festival is new in the past couple of years however and is just a sight to behold.
At the entrance to the gardens is a beautiful water feature surrounded by tulips.
To the left, you can see part of the Ward Meade Mansion.
The Ward-Meade house is considered the first mansion built in Topeka. … Anthony Ward was a wheelwright who held the sand rights on the Kansas River near his house. He sold sand to the builders of Topeka and made wheels for wagons that carried settlers to California.
The house was partially open for walkthroughs so we were able to snap a couple photos of the inside.
I just love this picture of the sun setting over these beautiful tulips:
Here are more evening photos with the lights.
The blue lights are actually in a stream that runs through part of the park.
All of the pathways through the park were lined with citronella candles to keep the bugs away. Even through the aroma of citronella, you could still smell the flowers. Especially when a breeze blew through the park!
There is an area of the part that has beautiful Asian decor. It is my favorite area of the park.
Another family took our photo and after we took one of them. Festivals are lovely because we get to meet so many wonderful people.
There was a Koi Pond and Rock Garden. I did not get a very good photo of this area.
It was the busiest area of the park because there are a lot of seating areas around it.
This is also one of the best places for pictures.
I got a quick snap of the photo below while I could.
One of my favorite lights at the event was this purple one.
I have no idea what it was supposed to be. To me, it looked a bit like something you would see deep in the ocean.
There were so many beautiful things I did not get a photo of. I was immersed in being there, and just experiencing the event.
We are all too often glued to our phones and not allowing ourselves to be in the moment.
I am frequently struggling to find the balance between just enjoying life, and snapping a few photos to share on the blog.
In retrospect, I do wish I had taken more photos to share.
Not to be outdone, I too have a tulip in my yard.
Yes, one solitary tulip. It is almost comical!
I have no idea why the others planted around this tree did not grow this year.
They have in previous years.