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Tulip time: Skagit Valley fields are filled with color

Apr 1st, 2015 | Category: Community

The month of April turns acres of Skagit Valley into a colorful land of blooming tulips, and this year the flowers are especially early due to the mild weather. Visitors come from all over the world to see this beautiful display, and many residents visit the fields as well, finding themelves in equal awe year after year.

There are two main areas to view the tulips – RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town – both offering fields of color and various not-miss places for visitors.

Tulips in late March. PHOTO BY ANDY PORTER PHOTOGRAPHY

Tulips in late March. PHOTO BY ANDY PORTER PHOTOGRAPHY

 

RoozenGaarde

A division of Washington Bulb Co., Inc., the largest flower bulb grower in the U.S., RoozenGarde has 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 retail shop is on site.

Garden admission is $5 per person, and $4 for military with I.D. Children 10 and under are free. Parking is free. Admission ticket provides free access to all parking areas located in their RoozenGaarde/WBC tulip fields, totaling 350 acres of blooms. The Bloom Map offers blooming tulip updates at www.tulips.com.

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.

 

Tulip Town

Tulip Town is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April. 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.

And indoor show features massive tulip bouquets and a 110-foot painted mural with scenes from Skagit Valley, by artist Jennifer Bowman who is also working on scenes depicting the area where Tulip Town owner Tom DeGoede grew up and lived until the mid 1900s.

Trolley rides are available for elevated views of the fields, with ticket fee per adult and child.

Visitors can also learn why the tulip is World’s Peace Flower, visit the Garden Shop, and other shops on site (dahlia, art, gifts).

Tulip Town is located at 15002 Bradshaw Road in Mount Vernon. Admission is $5 per adult, and children 10 and under are free to enter. All parking is free. No pets on site. See tuliptown.com for more information.

 

PRIVATE PROPERTY & DRIVING CONDITIONS

Visitors are requested to be respectful of private property and no parking signs. Drivers, motorcyclists and riders should expect heavier than normal traffic conditions in the Mount Vernon and La Conner areas and plan accordingly, especially during weekends.

Travel routes and more information about the Tulip Festival can be found at www.tulipfestival.org.

 

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