Tulip Time

1 05 2009

I feel that Tulips are the most beautiful flowers only next to Roses. It’s really a feast to the eyes to look at a whole bunch of them together. I’m not talking about just a few dozens but literally thousands and thousands of them spreading across the fields. I got to experience the beauty of their sight, not once but thrice. 

Skagit Valley, WA (2 hours from Seattle) celebrates Tulip Festival each year from April 1st to April 30th. 

The main attractions are:

  • Roozengarde – A garden where numerous colors of tulips are grown in small patches
  • Tulip Town – Tulips of different colors in long rows
  • Farms

While  the first two are great to see a wide range of colors, it is large farms which take your breath away. In a typical farm 2-3 colors of tulips are grown in really large numbers , mostly red, yellow, pink, orange and purple. 

In addition to these common colors, one can find many others in Roozengarde and Tulip Town all at one place. 

Oh yeah, there will also be farms of Daffodils, those cheerful yellow flowers, which remind me of the classic poem of the same name by William Wordsworth. 

There are supposed to be a few Irises fields too, but I never got to see them.

This year, the festival has been extended up to May 3rd, because of late bloom. 

There is another such destination in North-West: Wooden Shoe Farm in Oregon. It boasts 40 acres of tulips and daffodils.  

I believe there is just one more such show (on the East side): Tulip Time at Holland, Michigan. I’ve never been there. So, I can’t possibly give any first hand information. I’m sure though that it won’t be as amazing as Skagit Valley’s one. 

There are a couple of similar, but smaller, events showcasing Tulips in Iowa:

Pella Tulip Time (May 7th, 8th, 9th, 2009)

Orange City Tulip Festival (May 14th, 15th, 16th, 2009)

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