Spring at the Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda is worth the trip, open every day in April, the beautiful gardens are home to 16,000 tulips with 90 different varieties. Visitors can explore the pools, waterfalls, chapel and lower gardens, the admission price is $6. On the weekends of April 8th-9th and 15th-16th the Master Gardener and designer will available to chat with folks about the gardens. While they don’t allow picnics in the gardens if you arrive early you may treat yourself to a maple scone. Ananda Village, renowned for being one of the longest existing cooperative spiritual communities in the world, is 20 minutes outside of Nevada City. Many thanks to Cathy & Aaron Stewart for sharing photos from last weekend, if you visit and share your photos on Instagram, make sure to use #VisitNevadaCity. Because of the rains this season, the tulips are blooming a little later than normal, so while the gardens change every day, the peak of the flowers should be in about a week. Regardless of when you go this month, it’s worth the trip. Please post a comment on this blog post and one lucky winner will win a pair of season passes to the gardens, winner will be announced on Saturday, April 8th. *Edited to say the winner is Suzie Dyer.