Wednesday, May 6, 2009

There's still time to see the Skagit Valley tulips

It’s not too late to see the Skagit Valley tulips.

May 3 was the last day of the Skagit Tulip Festival; since we missed it last year we didn’t want to miss out again. Under sunny skies we headed toward the tulip fields by way of Conway, taking the longer, scenic approach to Roozengaarde. We arrived early enough that we were able to beat the crowds and take our time enjoying the Tiffany lamp-hued, colorful splendor of the tulips.

The welcome sun made photography a bit challenging with many of the tulips in dappled sunlight. In order to get decent photographs we looked for blooms that were in the sun or fully in the shade.

The Skagit Tulip Festival is over but the tulips are far from being finished. Most tulips are still in the “summer” of their lifespan - Roozengaarde and Tulip Town are aglow and Roozengaarde is open year-round. Tulip Town will be open through Mothers Day on May 10 though you can order bulbs year round (you can also order bulbs from Roozengaarde).

Roozengaarde is located on 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. Call 360-424-8531 or visit . Tulip Town is located on 15002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon. Call 360-424-8152 or see (to order bulbs). Admission for Roozengaarde is $4 for adults, $3 for military personnel with ID. Admission for Tulip Town is $5 for adults, $4 for military personnel with ID, children 16 and under, free.


Sheetal said...

Hey Karen

Your blog gave me hopes. My family is visiting us tomorrow and I was hoping to show them some tulips. I was going crazy searching online if tulips would still be there. I know they are saying the tulip town garden and roozengarde display garden are going to be open till May 10th but I was not sure if there are going to be any fields in bloom. I hope some are. Let me know if you have an more updates.

karen said...

As far as I know, the tulips should be blooming until mid-May but the sooner you go the better. Mothers Day will be crowded - you might be better off visiting Tulip Town and Roozengaarde the day before or during the week.