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Spring Has Arrived at the Botanic Garden

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All indoor and outdoor gardens are open and starting to bloom.

Spring Has Arrived at the Botanic Garden

March Madness Flower Show in the Mediterranean Conservatory. Photo by Jon Stewart/ABQ BioPark.

March 14, 2014

Updated: March 20, 2014 (Contests extended through Mother's Day)

Pops of color herald spring’s arrival at the ABQ BioPark. The Botanic Garden’s March Madness Flower Show is in vibrant full bloom in the Mediterranean Conservatory this month, and the outdoor gardens are beginning to burst with life as well. The entire Botanic Garden is open and ready to welcome visitors in celebration of winter’s end.

The Japanese Garden has opened its season of constant blooms with incredibly fragrant magnolias. It remains accessible via a temporary path during the High Desert Rose Garden construction. Watch for weeping cherries, standard cherries, crabapples, peonies and more in coming weeks. At Heritage Farm, water is flowing in the acequia, and the farmers have almost finished pruning the orchards. Throughout the Botanic Garden, daffodils and crocus are the first blooming bulbs, while plums and almonds lead the flowering trees.

“The beautiful early bloomers are highlights in the landscape since trees haven’t leafed out yet,” said Catherine Hubbard, Botanic Garden Manager. “The bulbs are popping, the grass is green and spring is really taking off.”

The BioPark’s online communities will be celebrating the season with special contests from March 15 - May 11. On Facebook, fans can “Name that Bloom” several times each week for a chance to win BioPark tickets. The #bioparkblooms Photo Contest will feature great photos from BioPark fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The March Madness Flower Show features Asian lilies, African streptocarpus, gloxinia and more. The new flowers add to the Calandiva, primrose and Clivia miniata already blooming in the warm and welcoming indoor exhibit. The show continues through April 4, when more flowers in an Easter-palette will be added for the Spring Pastels Flower Show.

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