Blooming Tulip Fields Skagit Valley Washington

Delighting the Senses: a Trip to the Tulip Festival

Yesterday I took a quick trip cross the border to Skagit county in Washington state where each year they delight visitors with a teeny taste of what Holland’s tulip farms might be like.

The area is one of the largest produces of spring bulbs, including tulips, daffodils, and irises.  During April you could usually find a couple fields of tulips in bloom – during the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – but you best be quick, because the blooms don’t last more than 2 weeks before they are cut, bulbs removed, and soil turned for another year. Unfortunately I saw many a field where the tulips had once been but luckily there were a few still in colour and now that I have the taste for it, I’ll be sure to plan a trip early in April 2011.

It’s really no wonder why tulips are my favourite flower. The textures and colours are simply delicious and they come at a time of year when I am ready for bold colour.  When the Easter pastel blooms are fading in spring, it’s the first sign of the colourful summer to come with brilliant orange and rich black-purple blooms guiding the way.  There is so much variety in tulips you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t get a bit of joy from seeing a huge, frilly bloom in the garden.


If you still do want to see tulips this month there is always Tulip Town – a tulip demonstration garden and retail store that’ll cost you $5 per adult (kids free).  They’ll have the tulips out all April if you miss the farmer’s fields, which are pretty much done for this year.

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  1. Helen at summerhouseart
    Helen at summerhouseartApril 14,10

    I had no idea that you could get such wonderful photos of tulips outside of Holland. So much color, really amazing.

  2. Laura
    LauraApril 14,10

    Absolutely stunning. I made it down many years back, and it was quite an experience. I keep saying I’m going to do it again, but time slips by. I think I’ll be marking my calendar for next year as well. The kids would love it!

  3. Kathy
    KathyApril 14,10

    Wow! Now I know where probably the tuplips come from that supply our flower vendors here in the desert! Absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Chris Tidrick
    Chris TidrickApril 14,10

    RT @Garden_Therapy: Delighting the Senses: a Trip to the Tulip Festival <– Great photos. I'd never leave that place.

  5. Stevie
    StevieApril 14,10

    You’re welcome Kathy!

  6. Stevie
    StevieApril 14,10

    Hi Laura – They would love it. The place was crawling with families having a fabulous time!

  7. Stevie
    StevieApril 14,10

    Thanks, Helen. It really was like a party for my eyes – such beauty.

  8. Denise
    DeniseApril 14,10

    I have been hearing about the Skagit Tulip Festival for years and for years I have wanted to go to it, even more so after seeing your magnificent photos. Thank you so much for sharing them.

  9. Stevie
    StevieApril 14,10

    You’re welcome, Denise. I hope that you can make it someday!

  10. Grace
    GraceApril 14,10

    Hi Stevie~~ I’ve seen that hover feature on some of the blog tutorials I frequent. I’m going to have to look in to installing it on my blog. Nice.

    Woodburn, Oregon hosts the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival every year. I don’t live near it any longer but I’ve got wonderful photos of my kids enjoying the huge fields of color.

    I think with our friendly spring weather, things are a bit ahead of schedule this year.

    Gorgeous photos!

  11. Stevie
    StevieApril 14,10

    Thanks Grace! I’d love to see the Orgeon Festival next year – I think there is a road trip in my future…

  12. Melanie
    MelanieApril 14,10

    Stunning photos. I would love to take a trip down there. The infinite shapes sizes colours and varieties of tulip blooms continually amaze me.

  13. Michael
    MichaelApril 14,10

    Great photography Stevie. You really have an eye for composition and maximizing the wow factor of those flowers. I really love your blog.

  14. miss m
    miss mApril 14,10

    Wow, what a magnificent spread ! Fabulous, Stevie. Thx for sharing !

  15. Gillian
    GillianApril 14,10

    I lived there for 2 years in LaConner and couldnt get enough of it. thanks for bringing back those happy memories.

  16. Dan
    DanApril 14,10

    That’s amazing, must be quite a sight to see. It pleases my inner dutchman :-)

  17. Abby Palmer
    Abby PalmerApril 14,10

    Ack! I was planning to go this weekend – I hope the tulips haven’t all been hacked down. Thanks for such an informative and visually juicy post, Stevie. One of your best.

  18. Stevie
    StevieApril 15,10

    Abby, unfortunatley they bloomed on March 26th this year and they are only up for about 2 weeks. The Tulip Festival office e-mailed me a note that said they would likely no longer be up as of this coming weekend, which is why I went Monday. Even then, they were almost finished. You can always go to Tulip Town or the other demonstration gardens / retailers, they are open until April 30th, but the farms are finished for the year.

    Dan, I’m glad!

    Gillian, so happy I could bring back memories.

  19. Ros
    RosApril 17,10

    Wow! What stunning photos. We have a tulip festival in Melbourne, but I have never been – I want to now! :-D I think I would like to put some in our garden too… I LOVE the colours!

  20. Nishant
    NishantApril 18,10

    Beautifully captured. I’m really glad that I’m finding so many blogs that are dedicated to flowers and nature here on blogspot. My blog is not dedicated to flowers but I love capturing flowers and posting them on blogger. My most recent post has got some flowers from my hometown, plz visit and comment. :-)

  21. Nishant
    NishantApril 18,10

    Beautifully captured. I’m really glad that I’m finding so many blogs that are dedicated to flowers and nature here on blogspot. My blog is not dedicated to flowers but I love capturing flowers and posting them on blogger. My most recent post has got some flowers from my hometown, plz visit and comment,. :-)

  22. Garden Lily
    Garden LilyApril 19,10

    I enjoyed “feasting” on your photos. It’s been too many years since we last went to the Tulip Festival, and I had hoped for it this year, but alas, I will start hoping for next year.

    Van Dusen Gardens has its annual plant sale this Sunday April 25, 10am – 4pm, and admission is free (it only costs you in purchases!). That’ll be my consolation for missing the tulips again this year.

  23. Kate
    KateJune 14,10

    This makes my heart sing! I grew up one town removed from these fields – and now I live on the east coast. I miss going to the festival, so thanks for the great pics.

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  25. Webster
    WebsterJune 27,14

    Wow! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a entirely different subject but it
    has pretty much the same layout and design. Superb choice of colors!

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