The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a fantastic experience that takes place just a 90 minute drive north of Seattle, Washington. It is a month long event, held every April in the fields around Mount Vernon, Washington. I had the great pleasure of visiting this parade of tulips in their natural, professionally arranged habitat. What really struck me was the vast variety of colors and patterns that have been created and professionally arranged.
Top 2 recommended gardens
Many tulip growers participate in the festival, but there are two who definitely are at the top. RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town both have amazing gardens and special display areas complete with refreshments and themed areas to display all of the different types and colors of tulips. These growers have been in the area for at least one generation, building new varieties of tulip for their customers. RoozenGaarde’s three acre show garden is planted with around three hundred thousand bulbs that flower in the spring for the festival. The town was established in 1983, and is still a family operated business. The owners emigrated from Holland in 1957, and continue to work the land today, though they have passed the businesses on to their sons. Tulip Town features Summit Garden, a celebration of the World’s Tulip Summit, a gathering of fourteen countries that promote peace. You can also check out some of the landscape murals painted for the festival, and take a trolley ride through the fields if you get tired of walking the thousands of acres of tulips. Here are just a few of the great looking varieties that can be found by visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in April.
Seen enough Tulip Gardens? Check out Whidbey Island!
Once you’ve gotten your fill of flowers, you can head over to Deception Pass on Whidbey Island if you want! It’s a beautiful drive from Mount Vernon, across the pass and down to Oak Harbor for lunch! Have a great trip!Share