PLAY: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Mt Vernon, Washington

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  Every April the wide open fields of Mt Vernon, Washington, erupt into a rainbow of the most beautiful and bright colors you will ever see. So, it’s not surprising that people from far and wide flock to those fields to take it all in for themselves. I’m talking, of course, about the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. And by tulip festival, I mean millions of tulips as far as the eye can see.

 While the festival itself is a drive through experience, the gardens of RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town are open to the public. Thanks to them you can literally tiptoe through the tulips (or stay on the paths since you don’t want to disturb them), shop local products and artwork, and catch a bite to eat while you give those toes a rest.

I’ve visited the fields of both more times than I can count, and I had every intention of reliving the experience again this year in order to write this feature. Sadly, that wasn’t meant to be.  The COVID-19 crisis, and the resulting Stay-At-Home order for Washington, has closed the 2020 festival for both drive through and garden visits.

Not to worry though, there are still ways to enjoy the beautiful tulips of Skagit Valley.  You can buy bulbs from the festival and gardens. The festival has photos and videos available through its website HERE.  RoozenGaarde’s has done the same HERE. If you are looking for a more personal option, Day Trips in WA and NW Mind Body Spirit Connection are hosting a Facebook Live event and opportunity to share photos of tulips on Saturday April 11th, get info HERE.

Last, but not least, I’ve got you covered as well. Below you will find 22 photos from our 2017 visit to Tulip Town, almost all of which had been unpublished publicly up until today.

Enjoy the PNW beauty, and stay strong! 

Select photos from this feature, as well as others, are available for purchase through our online photography store HERE. Prints are 12×18 and available as follows: Print Only $25, Print In Borderless Frame $35, and Digital Copy For Personal Use $5.  See a photo here that isn’t available through the store, email us at livethepnwlife@gmail.com with the subject “Photo Order” and we will get you taken care of.

2017 VISIT: Our 2017 visit to Tulip Town during the festival was special for many reasons. It was the first time I’d been out to see the tulips in well over ten years and it was one of the last outings we took with my grandmother before her dementia worsened.

 While she had to take their motorized ride around the fields, my daughter and I made our way through them on foot, capturing dozens up close photos to share with my grandmother later (hence, why they’ve been unpublished until now).

We also ordered some bulbs of some of our favorite tulips from the day. I personally like the less traditional fluffy looking ones (Double & Parrot Tulips). And while I’d like to say that they are growing beautifully in our garden, I can’t … we kind of suck at gardening. Designing one and making it beautiful yes, consistently caring for plants and keeping them alive no.  Maybe next time!

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