Tulip Mania


Yesterday my wife and I spent a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in the garden of Noell and Jim Schepp in Charlotte. They open their garden to friends and groups to share their annual display of tulips. Noell and Jim treat tulips in our part of North Carolina as annuals, planting a new batch of bulbs each year to welcome spring.

Noell said that for this year’s display, they had planted 3200 bulbs in some 28 varieties. Has tulip mania hit Charlotte? Planting that many bulbs, of course, takes a lot of effort, but the beauty of their garden is the result. She said the tulips are in bloom from mid March to the end of April. Here are a few photos of their garden.

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And one of the special treats of Noell and Jim’s hospitality:


Perfect weather, a beautiful garden, tulips, tulips, tulips, delightful and gracious hosts, a glass of wine, and those delicious cakes…truly a tulip lover’s afternoon.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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3 Responses to Tulip Mania

  1. Beautiful! I can’t believe they planted 3200 tulip bulbs. I planted 100 last fall and it seemed like it took forever to do that many. Your weather looks lovely, too. We had a hard frost night before last..


  2. Anne says:

    How uplifting and peaceful yet drenched in color and vibrant arrangements to complement the unique garden design. A real lovely retreat.


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