Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
You don’t need to fly to Holland to see colorful rows of tulips. They are in full bloom in Skagit Valley, and there’s even a Tulip Festival with a month full of festivities and events. If it’s April, fly to Seattle and drive north to visit Mount Vernon’s fields of daffodils and tulips to attend the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival!
There are hundreds of acres of flowers and show gardens, especially at Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde. We visited with Jeannette DeGoede, owner of Tulip Town who shared how wonderful it is to see visitors from all around the world visit the tulip fields and connect with nature. She said it brings her joy to watch their facial expressions when they see the tulips. She and her husband Anthony have been opening up their fields of 2+ million tulips to 85,000 visitors during 1 month each year, for over 3 decades. There are hundreds of tulip varieties. Jeanette’s favorites this year are the “Snowflake” and “Monet’s Bouquet”.
If you can visit during the weekdays, you’ll avoid the weekend traffic. Weekends are crowded, so arrive early to avoid the rush. Check out www.tulipfestival.org for a list of activities and where to go.
When Do Tulips Bloom? I asked Cindy Verge, Executive Director for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and she said Mother Nature decides the schedule. But she suggests visiting this link to monitor the bloom times, click here.
Here are some of the photos we took during our visit….enjoy and come see the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival for yourself!