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One million tulips planted

Planting tulips were Dr. Anna Olivar, Felisters Mburu, Luciane Lindvay, Marites Skarlz and Gearlyn Wetherbee.

CHARLTON - And twenty-five bulbs were planted at the Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy. In early November, Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy was one of the 100 organizations chosen to receive a bag of 25 premium tulip bulbs. The same bulbs sold online and planted on the Wicked Tulips farm (Johnston, RI). 
  According to Jeroen of Wicked Tulips Farm, “the fall is always a busy time.” Jeroen and his team planted one million tulips and installed thousands of yards of deer fencing to protect the fields. Further, tulip planting is both an art and a science, and something Jeroen learned by working on his family’s farm in the Netherlands. At the Wicked Tulips farm, Jeroen arranged the tulip beds to maximize bloom times. Certain colors and types with custom mixes of tulips are planted in alternate rows. Jeroen stated, “the choreography in planting means nearly every stretch of field will have vibrant colors in the spring.” 
Dr.  Ana Olivar of Rutland and practical nursing students who planted the 25 tulip bulbs expect to have tulips popping up at Bay Path the last week of April or at the beginning of May since the weather always factors into the bloom time. Joining Dr. Olivar in tulip bulb planting were Felisters Mburu of Shrewsbury, Luciane Lindvay of Spencer, Marites Skarlz of Southbridge, and Gearlyn Wetherbee of Charlton, all from the PN Class of 2022.