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Springtime at Ananda: Crystal Hermitage Gardens event begins in April (VIDEO)

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At Crystal Hermitage Gardens, spring means Springtime at Ananda.

This year's tulip extravaganza promises to be spectacular with almost 16,000 and 90 varieties of mid and late season Dutch bulbs planted. Open every day in April, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., event weekends are April 9-10 and 16-17.

Blending tulips with a rainbow of complementary spring blossoms such as pansies, rhododendrons, azaleas, peonies, dogwood trees and the fabulous cherry trees, guests are treated to a different garden montage with every step. Visitors are welcome to explore the upper terraced gardens and follow the meandering paths by pools, waterfalls, statuary, the award winning chapel inspired by the Little Church of St. Francis in Assisi, and down to the lower gardens and pool.

One garden blogger who visited wrote, "I joined a group for the drive to the garden, and although I have visited many gardens around the world, I've never seen anything remotely like it." Situated on a precipice of the San Juan Ridge 20 minutes outside of Nevada City, the gardens overlook the Tahoe National Forest and Yuba River Canyon.

On Springtime at Ananda event weekends, visitors can chat with the Crystal Hermitage lead gardener and the award winning landscape designer, indulge in the now-famous maple scones, or just sit and enjoy the peace and beauty. Guests can also picnic on the green of Master's Market in downtown Ananda Village or reserve a spot for lunch at the Expanding Light Retreat Center, which also offers overnight accommodations.

On event weekends, visitors are also invited to tour the main house, a museum in its own right, with its collection of international art and furnishings — Kashmiri wood carved furniture by India's Suffering Moses, beautifully ethereal paintings by Italy's Guido Odierna, and Balinese art carvings depicting the Ramayana, India's epic written thousands of years ago.

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Admission is $5, children 12 and under are free; season passes are $10. For more information, garden updates, and directions, please call 530-478-7574 or visit http://www.crystalhermitage.org. Groups are welcome to visit weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For groups of 10 or more, please call 530-478-7587 to arrange a visit.

Please no dogs, picnicking or alcohol at the gardens. On April 21, the gardens will open at 1 p.m.