Where to see tulips around the Skagit Valley this spring?

Where to see tulips around the Skagit Valley this spring?

Every year, as hordes of snow geese descend from the Skagit Valley, hundreds of thousands of people flock there for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, when the nation’s nexus of tulips and daffodils erupts into a living rainbow of spring flowers bookended by the mountains. It’s as picturesque as it sounds. Providing a boost of color therapy, tulips provide living proof that spring is on its way. In its 41st year, the 2023 festival offers a new range of experiences, including nighttime light shows, painting, sunset weddings – and even the launch of a new display garden, Tulip Valley Farms.

About 20 million bulbs are harvested from Skagit County’s 1,000-acre farm fields each fall, while an additional 75 million bulbs are grown for cut flowers in fields and greenhouses. Daffodils arrive before tulips, usually in March. However, the flowers follow nature’s schedule, so check RoozenGaarde’s flower map to follow their progress and plan your visit. Throughout the month of April, four main display gardens offer acres of intricately designed lantern gardens arranged for high visual impact, along with a mix of dining, shopping and activities. Filling out a Festival Passport gives you a chance to win a stay at a local lodge, including dinner and e-bike rentals, or gift certificates to local restaurants Calico Cupboard, Annie’s Pizza, and Skagit River Brewery.

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People on a budget

A self-guided driving tour of the tulip and daffodil growing fields (not the display gardens) is a free, simple option – please respect the ‘No Parking’ signs and be careful not to step on the plants when you stop to take photos. (Pro tip: After perusing the petals, head to your nearby Snow Goose Produce store for giant scoops of Lopez Island Creamery ice cream, baked goods, and fresh vegetables.)

Dog lovers

Leashed dog companions are welcome Tulip City And Garden Rosalyn Free. but, Tulip Valley Farms Two sites require visitors to purchase a $5 admission ticket online. Check each park’s website for instructions.

Visitors with children

Children 5 and under are free Tulip City And Tulip Valley Farms, the latter of which also offers a $40 family pass Monday through Thursday for up to six people total, with a maximum of two adults ($40). Children 2 years and younger are free at Garden Rosalyn And Rosin gardi.

Enjoy a carriage ride in Tulip City and take a photo with Mother Nature at Tulip Valley Farms. Children over 10 can try outdoor painting at Tulip Valley Gardens on April 15-22 ($45).

DIY florists

Visitors can choose their own flowers at Tulip Valley farms or gardens daily from 8 a.m. to noon (admission plus 10 stems is $30) or purchase fresh, pre-arranged flowers at Rosin gardiFlower Bouquet Market (50 stems for $30). in Tulip Cityyou can tour the farm, pick a bouquet of flowers, and participate in a guided floral workshop for $50.

Dates and night owls

Tulip City It has several sunset events, including a date night package for two ($175, includes admission, bottle of wine and cheese board), and an engagement package ($175), which includes admission for two guests to join the happy couple and share a bottle of champagne. Tulip Valley Farms The whole show kicks off with Night Bloom, an after-dark laser and light show that heightens the colors of the tulips from 8-10pm Friday-Sunday ($20 per person).

Photographers

Whether you want to shoot alone, take students or host your own photo shoot, Tulip City Offers a Photographer’s Day Pass with the option to add 10 guests ($100, plus surcharge per guest), granting early access from 6 to 8 a.m. and sunset, or an All-Season Pass for $375 that grants the same access any day the week. festival.)

Tulip Valley Farms It also has a variety of photo views, whether you want to be in front of the camera – or behind it. The park’s website offers 30-minute professional photo sessions for groups of up to five people for $300 on Fridays and Saturdays. On April 9 and 23, the farm is also hosting a photography class at 8 a.m. Content creators and professional photographers may want to splurge on a photo pass ($99, entry opens at 5:30 a.m., before general admission, and closes at 7:45 p.m.) or even a drone ticket ($200).

Cyclists

You can’t ask for a better cycling scene than acres of colorful flowers. Keep in mind that narrow roads can get muddy, and be careful of drivers. PNW Exploration leads tours of the park and Country Cycling offers rentals. Going solo? Take this bike map to experience the festival and Mount Vernon like a local.

Those who want to see something new

The newest festival park, Tulip Valley Farms It will open April 1 as a collective of two venues, a farm in Mount Vernon and a display garden in nearby Burlington. The farm grows 12 acres of tulips under hazelnut trees with views of Mount Baker, and features a gift shop and food trucks. However, the garden offers two acres of tulips and hosts pre-booked events such as teatime, art classes and yoga on its 9-acre grounds. Visitors can choose their own packages at either location.

Travel tips for Tulip Festival

Cindy Verge, executive director of the Tulip Festival, recommends packing layers, shoes and some patience because rain, mud and crowds are likely. The quietest times to visit are from Tuesday to Thursday, especially on rainy mornings. To take photos, come early in the morning or late afternoon. Excessive rain can close fields, so visit tulipfestival.org and farm websites for the latest weather conditions.

Our picks for tulip display gardens in the Skagit Valley

Garden Rosalyn (6648 Johnquist Road, Mount Vernon)

Thirteen acres in total, with 6 acres of landscaped tulip gardens overlooking the Cascades, complete with a pond stocked with ducks and geese and a windmill. Amenities include food trucks and a gift shop.

Open April 1 – May 10, 8am – 7pm daily. Get tickets online. $17; Children under 2 years old free of charge; Gardenrosalyn.com

Rosin gardi (15867 Beaver Marsh Rd., Mount Vernon)

This original festival destination ramped up its flower power this year with wider rows and up to three times more bulbs per acre in its 2023 display gardens. Tickets include admission to 5 acres of displays planted with more than 1 million spring bulbs of 200 species and 25 acres each of tulips and daffodils Berri, as well as food trucks, a gift shop and a fresh tulip market. Pets are not allowed.

Open until 7pm daily. Get tickets online. $15 for ages 3 and up, kids 2 and under free. roozengaarde.ticketspice.com/2023-skagit-valley-tulip-festival

Tulip City (15002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon)

A 30-acre farm with 5 acres of landscaped gardens featuring 50 varieties of tulips, weather permitting carriage rides, indoor murals, and a flower stand with bouquets and pots of tulips. The space also includes a café. A garden to enjoy beer, wine or cider; And gift shop. (Pro tip: Buy tickets online. Prices are higher at the gate.)

Open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday to Sunday from 9am to 7pm. Get tickets online; $15 general admission (timed) or $25 anytime ticket, $7 for children ages 6-11, children 5 and under free. Check the website for other ticket options; tuliptown.com

Tulip Valley Farms (15245 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon) and Tulip Valley Gardens (12637 Pulver Road, Burlington)

The two sister venues will make their debut at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival on April 1. At Mount Vernon Farm, visitors will find 12 acres of flowers and can participate in the Night Bloom Illuminated Adventure Thursday through Saturday, while the smaller park in Burlington hosts a variety of events.

Tulip Valley Farms is open daily from 9am-5pm, Night Bloom laser show Thursday-Saturday from 8pm-10pm; $12-$15 for timed general admission tickets, children 5 and under free; tulipvalley.com

Tulip Valley Gardens are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Additional hours vary depending on the experience chosen; $12 for ages 6 and up, kids 5 and under free, additional experiences priced separately.

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