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City of Albany & Washington Park Conservancy Annual Tulip Dig & Sale – DATE CHANGE

May 16, 2019

Event – Matt Hamm, Washington Park Conservancy, 518-992-6152,

Following another successful Tulip Festival, the City of Albany’s Department of General Services (DGS) and the Washington Park Conservancy (WPC) will be holding the annual Tulip Dig & Sale May 25 and 26, rescheduled from May 18 and 19.  This annual rite of spring is eagerly anticipated by area residents and avid gardeners inspired by the Park’s beautiful tulip plantings to beautify their own gardens with bulbs from the Park. This event is ordinarily held the weekend after the Festival; however, after the long winter season, Park visitors will get to enjoy the magnificent tulips for an additional week, thus pushing this annual event to Memorial Day weekend.   

The event kicks off on Saturday the 25th at the Park’s iconic Moses Fountain at 9am.  Volunteers will join City of Albany Gardener Jes Morgan, DGS staff and members of the WPC for the annual ritual of digging up the city’s iconic tulip bulbs.  Participation in the event provides volunteers with the opportunity to purchase 30 bulbs for $5 in exchange for assistance in preparing the park’s beds for the summer season.  The remaining bulbs will be sold first- come-first serve to the general public on Sunday at the Park’s Lakehouse beginning at 9am for the same price and quantity.    

“The Tulip Dig & Sale is an opportunity for Capital Region residents to enjoy the celebration surrounding the Tulip Festival by harvesting bulbs to plant in their own backyards. It’s a fun and unique municipal event that allows the community to prepare Washington Park for the summer season while contributing to the hard work that makes the Park truly great,” said Conservancy Board President Dan McEneny.

Proceeds of the Tulip Sale & Dig support the Washington Park Conservancy, a non-profit organization formed in 1985 that helps the city restore, preserve, and maintain Albany’s historic Washington Park.

Event Details

May 25: Tulip Dig
Begins 9 AM at the Moses Fountain
The city will provide tools, but bring a garden fork (NOT a shovel) if you have one.  The dig provides an opportunity to choose from select beds in exchange for services.  Bulbs are $5 for a bag of 30 – 5 bags per person.  The tulip dig is limited strictly to designated beds, under the direction of park staff and volunteers, and ends promptly at 12:00 noon.    

May 26: Tulip Sale
Begins 9 AM at the Lakehouse

The remaining bulbs are first come/ first serve and are additionally $5 for a bag of 30 – 2 bag per person.  The sale is open while supplies last.