Updated 03/20/2012 03:53 PM
Early sprouting tulips could impact Tulip Fest
Tuesday marked the first official day of spring, even though it felt more like the middle of summer. Many people are out enjoying the great weather at Washington Park. Even the tulips are starting to spout up. But is that good news for Tulip Festival? Solomon Syed reports.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Capital Region residents were out and about enjoying some more record warmth on the first official day of spring. A popular place to take in the nice weather for many in Albany is Washington Park. And for those same residents, a tradition everyone looks forward to is the annual Tulip Festival - a weekend of activities and, of course, tulips.
To the delight of many, tulips at the park are already sprouting. Unfortunately, this will likely have a negative effect on the area's much-anticipated weekend-long event.
The city's gardener is hoping temperatures drop back into the 40s and 50s to get the budding blossoms to slow down a little, otherwise the 125,000 tulips scheduled to attend this year's festival may not make it.
Albany City Gardener Jessica Morgan said, "Unfortunately, the actual pedals and the heads will be gone. They'll be past their prime, and they won't look those beautiful rich, full colors as you normally see. The pedals and themselves will wilt. They just won't be as spectacular."
If in fact the tulips do bloom too early, the city says they will put a notice out to the public for when the best time is to come see them.