I have been photographing the Albany Tulip Festival for the past eight years, and look forward to going every May. The festival highlights the flower garden designs of the garden clubs in Albany (New York State's capital). The thousands of tulips are planted throughout Washington Park and in every small park in the city.
The festival started after Mayor Erastus Corning passed an ordinance that made the tulip Albany's official flower on July 1, 1948. The festival celebrates Albany, America's oldest Dutch settlement, with tulips.
The three-day celebration opens with the "Scrubbing of State Street" by community members that continues the tradition in the Netherlands of scrubbing streets prior to celebration. Opening ceremonies also include a Tulip Luncheon, the Royal Tulip Ball and the crowning of a Tulip Queen. Craft and food vendors and live entertainment help to make this festival an absolute delight.
All the photographs of tulips in Nature's Wonderland gallery were taken at this festival over the last eight years.