ALBUQUERQUE, NM— The colors and sounds of spring are sweeping across the Botanic Garden.
Hydrangeas are highlighted in the “Spring Pastels Show” in the Mediterranean Conservatory through the end of April.

The warming weather brings thousands of blooms as well as record numbers of BioPark visitors. Attendance for the first three months of 2011 is up 19% over 2010.

“It brightens your spirits to see so many flowers in bloom,” said Catherine Hubbard, Botanic Garden Manager. “It is outstanding to see so many people enjoying our grounds after such a rough winter. The staff works year-round caring for plants, and this is everyone’s favorite season—you see the results of the hard work in full color.”

The Spring Pastels Show features pathways lined with hydrangeas in the Mediterranean Conservatory. Rich pinks and purplish blues complement the cyclamens, clivias and other blooms in the glass building. The show is included with admission.

Outside, beds are awash with color from bulbs like daffodils, tulips and hyacinths. Trees glow with a pale green as new leaves unfurl. Wisteria, redbuds, and crabapple trees exhibit every shade of purple and pink. In some areas, the ground is covered with petals raining down from fruit trees like apples and cherries. The annual beds are bursting with pansies and poppies. Bees, birds and gardeners are busy working throughout the facility.

The BioPark is an accessible facility and a division of the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department. For more information, visit or call 311 locally or (505) 768-2000 (Relay NM or 711).

Caption: Pansies and poppies along the Festival Green. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark.