Bloomia, a direct-to-retail flower company based in King George, Virginia, is behind the event. Sales manager Evan Kerkhoven said the idea is to share with others the beauty that he and his co-workers are exposed to every day. (Kerkhoven said Bloomia grows about 75 million tulips, year-round, in its 46-acre temperature-controlled greenhouses.)
Six to eight different tulip varieties — all hydroponically grown — are featured in the installation. Kerkhoven said a team of about 50 worked to ensure the flowers are at “an exceptional bloom stage for the event.”
Entry into the garden is free from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can even take a souvenir of spring home with them for $1 a stem; proceeds benefit DC Central Kitchen.
“It’s basically a pick-your-own tulip festival,” Kerkhoven said.
The Park at CityCenter is located at the corner of 10th Street and New York Avenue NW.