Volunteers getting bulbs ready for Tulip Time in April

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Tulip Time is a right of passage into spring and volunteers are making sure those flowers are ready for April!

Employees with Resers were at Ted Ensley Gardens Wednesday morning, covering over 100,000 bulbs with fencing so squirrels and other wildlife can't dig them up for a snack. The bulbs were planted Tuesday. Crews had to remove last year's tulips, prepare the soil, plant the bulbs and fix the dirt afterward.

Shawnee Co. Parks and Rec says it's a year long process and they're always planning ahead.

"We actually walk around in April when all the tulips are blooming and we will decide that that particular variety did well in that area," said Traci Podlena, a horticulturist with Parks and Rec. "If it's a particular variety that didn't perform well we will probably not purchase that particular variety the next year."

The team makes their final flower choices in July and the bulbs arrive from Holland in October.