50,000 Daffodils at Bartlett Arboretum

South of Wichita - A Must See Event
Next weekend, April 13 and 14, historic Bartlett Arboretum will open for a tulip festival with 100 vendors. In addition to live music, art and good eats, there will be activities for children, including Teeny Tiny Town and Story Walk.  

The gardens alone are worth the drive to Belle Plaine KS, just north of the Oklahoma state line and 30 miles south of Wichita. Dozens staff and volunteer groups have been working on the grounds to show off the 50,000 tulips that were planted last fall.

Bartlett has shade gardens, a lake with an original bridge, a creek-side walk, an historic home and train depot, outdoor concert amphitheatre with lawn seating and a new Victory Garden and hoop house.

Robin Macy and her husband Kentucky White bought the shuttered property in 1997 and have invested their hearts, energy, math teacher salary, and musician incomes into Dr. Bartlett’s 1914 home. Still active in their music careers, both played with the Dixie Chicks;  Macy’s musical home now is the Cherokee Maidens. 

Art in the Arb musicians include: Mike & Minnie Martin’s Irish Ceilidh, Hwy 55 Homegrown Country, Senseny Aerotones BigBand, ErinAllen Project, Side Car Royals, Dear Friends Bluegrass & Gospel and more.

AmeriCorps volunteer,  Kathleen Schulte joined Bartlett last year with a goal of providing locally grown produce from the Arboretum’s property. They already sell produce to Luciano’s Restaurant in nearby Mulvane KS; Schulte’s plan is to have a market on site during upcoming concerts and events.
IF YOU GO The Bartlett Arboretum 201 North Line, Belle Plaine KS
Art at the Arb  April 13 & 14 www.bartlettarboretum.com  thebartlettarboretum -  Instagram
Robin Macy on Facebook Phone 620-488-3451

A video of  Bartlett’s history at http://bit.ly/1jh4rzP) says that the first 40,000 tulips were planted in the 1930s.

The Brooklyn Museum’s “Georgia O’Keefe: Art, Image, Style” show will be at the Wichita Art Museum the same weekend.  Wichitaartmuseum.org 
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