TOPEKA, KAN. – Jerold Binkley Tulip Time 2022 is set for April 8-24. The event features thousands of multi-colored tulips and flowering bulbs in Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s three featured gardens – Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee, Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade Botanical Garden and Doran Rock Garden and surrounding areas in Gage Park. The event is named for its founder, Jerold Binkley who passed away in 2019.
Tulip Time began nearly 30 years ago in the home gardens of Jerold and Joan Binkley.
Mr. Binkley desired to create an ongoing and beautiful county-wide event with Tulip Time. Today the event draws visitors from around the nation.
There are two special events in addition to regular self-guided tours through the gardens. Tulips at Twilight features larger than life lighted displays with thousands of tulips illuminated by candle light and lighted displays. The displays include 15-foot tall illuminated tulips and larger-than-life illuminated flowers, illuminated mushrooms tall enough for patrons to walk beneath them, rivers of blue lights and floating lanterns in the Asian garden. Tulips at Twilight is set for 7-10 p.m. April 8-24. Admission is a $5 donation with children five and under free.
Tulip Time Festival the Lake is set for April 23 at Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee. The event is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A $5 donation for the day gains guests entry to the gardens, live musical performances, vendors and fun for the kids.
Tulip Time has been attended in the past by people from 68 cities in Kansas, multiple states and visitors from the United Kingdom, India, Russia, Australia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Tulip Time is an annual destination popular with everyone from area residents to out-of-state visitors on bus tours. A $5 donation is suggested at Ted Ensley Gardens and Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade Botanical Garden to help cover the cost of the event and enable Tulip Time to continue in future years. Guided tours for groups of 15 or more with advance reservations are available at Ted Ensley Gardens and Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade Botanical Garden (785) 251-6800.
Shawnee County Parks + Recreation includes nearly 60 miles of trails, 2,696 acres of parks and 320 annual days of sporting activities. In addition, the department offers recreation programs, educational programs and golf. A combination of tax dollars, user fees and private donations enables Shawnee County Parks and Recreation to offer parks, sporting and aquatic facilities with state-of-the-art features, and beautiful, nationally recognized gardens.