Photos: Tulip Time in Chelsea


From Mary Jo Frank

Chelsea Area Garden Club (CAGC) members planted the flowerbeds last fall. Cheryl Wells, the club’s civic beautification chair, anticipates the blooms will remain vibrant through the third week of May, barring a hot spell. After that, club members will replace the bulbs with annuals around Memorial Day.

Among this spring’s many striking color combinations is a lavender and orange at the Palmer lot beds at the Chelsea Farmers Market entrance.

Jennifer Fairfield, owner of The Garden Mill and a CAGC member, said when selecting tulips and daffodils for the various beds, she, Wells, and other club members look for bulbs about the same height bloom at the same time. As for color combinations, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

CAGC President Cathy Gillem said, “Helping beautify the city is one of our club’s most popular activities. We appreciate the city investing in the bulbs and the dedicated city employees who do a wonderful job watering the flowers throughout the summer.”

Club members also plant and maintain a flowerbed and flower-filled pots at the Chelsea District Library.

Founded in 1997, the CAGC is dedicated to horticultural education, city beautification, and socializing with others who share a love of plants and gardening. It promotes environmentally responsible horticultural practices and encourages conservation through education and demonstration. For more information, visit

All photos courtesy of CAGC

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