OAKLAND -- Spring will be in full bloom next weekend at Mountain View Cemetery as local florists show off their creative side during the Eighth Annual Tower Chapel Tulip Exhibition.

The Piedmont Avenue cemetery's Tower Chapel will be full of interesting arrangements and exhibits April 5-7 from garden club members and floral designers, some of whom will give demonstrations each day. There will be a total of 25 exhibits.

"Every year it gets better and better," said Doreen Herbruger, customer service manager at the cemetery and organizer of the exhibition.

Tulips are seen near the Tower Chapel at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, March 22, 2013. The cemetery is holding its 8th Annual Tulip
Tulips are seen near the Tower Chapel at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, March 22, 2013. The cemetery is holding its 8th Annual Tulip Exhibition in the Tower Chapel from Friday, April 5 - Sunday, April 7 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The exhibition will showcase spectacular floral arrangements with tulips that are created by Bay Area florists, garden clubs and college floral design classes. Admission to the cemetery and to the exhibition are free. (Jane Tyska/Staff)

There is no cost to enter the cemetery or tulip event. Founders designed the exhibition to be free in hopes that it would attract many visitors at a time when people are tempted to use online florists rather than local businesses. "That was the first reason we decided to put together the show," Herbruger said. "This way it gives an opportunity for local florists to show what they can do."

Artists often incorporate other kinds of flowers, branches, baskets and other props to bring the tulips alive. In 2010, an artist did a take on the animated Pixar film "Up," which incorporated a bounty of colorful balloons.

Kay Wolff, who teaches floral design at Merritt College, will demonstrate how to tie bouquets by hand on April 7. One of her students, an avid gardener, will use her own greenery and tulips to create a bouquet.


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The hope is to get members of the audience in on the demonstration, Wolff said.

"It's a chance to interact with the public in a different format and give something back to the community that supports us," Wolff said. "Celebrating spring is a big part of it."

IF YOU GO
What: Eighth Annual Tower Chapel Tulip Exhibition
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5-7, with demonstrations at 2 p.m.
Where: Tower Chapel, Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Cost: Free
Information: http://www.mountainviewcemetery.org/tulip.html