Spring has officially sprung at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, where waves of yellow, pink, red and purple tulips have begun to bloom throughout the zoo’s gardens.
More than 100, 000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, irises and hundreds of blooming trees and shrubs are showing their colors as part of Zoo Blooms, the zoo’s first official gardening event since its designation as an accredited living museum and botanical garden in 1998.
Inspiration for Zoo Blooms came from vintage 1909 postcards and photographs of the zoo’s popular flower gardens, which featured beds of tulips and other exotic blooms.
“It’s easy to find inspiration within the zoo’s incredible 115-year history, but these postcards are really special, ” said Dwight Lawson, Zoo executive director and CEO. “Oklahomans have loved the zoo’s gardens for over a hundred years so creating an annual event to celebrate them makes perfect sense.”
While some tulips may only bloom for three weeks, bulbs were selected to ensure new blooms will appear every week in waves of new colors from now through May.
Guests are encouraged to take photos, post them to social media and tag them with #OKCZOO and #OKCZOOBLOOMS. The zoo also encourages Oklahomans to share more of their old photos of the zoo’s gardens over the past 100 years. The zoo may then respond to and repost select images across its social platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.