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Tulip time: Beloved blooms return to Skagit County fields

Apr 2nd, 2019 | Category: Features

Peak bloom later this month; follow the Bloom Map at tulipfestival.org

The month of April turns acres of Skagit Valley into blooming tulip fields, enjoyed by visitors from all around the world, and those of us who call this beautiful slice of the northwest corner our home. While some tulips have started hinting at shades of red, purple, orange, pink, and more, the peak bloom time will likely be later this month. There are two main areas to view the tulips – RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town – both offering fields of color and various places for visitors.

Photo by Simme Bobrosky

Photo by Simme Bobrosky

Before traveling to the fields, drivers, motorcyclists and riders should know to expect much heavier than normal traffic conditions in the Mount Vernon and La Conner areas and plan accordingly, especially during weekends. Visitors should be respectful of private property and no parking signs.

There are two main areas to view the tulips – RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town – both offering fields of color and various places for visitors.

Travel routes and more information about the Tulip Festival, as well as related events, can be found at www.tulipfestival.org.

 

RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde, a division of Washington Bulb Co., Inc., is the largest flower bulb grower in the U.S. with over 1,000 acres of Skagit Valley tulip, daffodil, and iris fields. The Roozen family’s roots trace back to tulip growers in Holland and the United States since the early 1700s. This area features a 3.5-acre display garden (admission) planted with over 250,000 bulbs, including more than 150 varieties (labeled for visitors). A 25-acre tulip field and 22-acre daffodil field are next to the display garden. A retail shop is on site.

RoozenGaarde will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through the end of April, and is located at 15867 Beaver Marsh Road in Mount Vernon. No pets are permitted in the garden.

Admission applies to spring bloom period. Weekend admission is $10, weekday admission is $7, and $1 off with military ID. Children ages 5 and under are free. Admission ticket provides free access to all parking areas located in their RoozenGaarde/WBC tulip fields, totaling 350 acres of blooms. Parking is free. The Bloom Map offers blooming tulip updates at www.tulips.com.

 

Tulip Town

Tulip Town is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, later when weather permits. No pets and no drones permitted. Entrance costs $7 per adult Monday through Friday, and free for children 6 and under. The weekend cost is $10 per adult, $5 per child aged 6-11, and free for children 5 and under.

The area includes an enhanced Veterans Memorial Garden, World Tulip Summit Society Garden, and the windmill garden with pond, featuring unusual tulip varieties and newly hybridized tulips.

An indoor show features massive tulip bouquets and a 110-foot painted mural with scenes from Skagit Valley, by artist Jennifer Bowman. Trolley rides are available for elevated views of the fields, with ticket fee per adult ($2) and child ($1). The trolley rides run 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. seven days a week.

Locals only night, free admission for all Skagit Valley residents, will be Wednesday, April 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. Only local residents will be allowed to enter Tulip Town at this time.

Tulip Town is located at 15002 Bradshaw Road in Mount Vernon. See tuliptown.com for more information.

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