Happy Spring, It’s Tulip Time!

by Emily on March 20, 2012

Happy 1st official day of Spring!  Monday felt like brisk Spring here in Seattle but I literally shiver to think of the forecast for rain/snow on the official first day.  Boo….go away snow! I’m ready for my tulips to bloom.

Thinking about my shivering daffodil and tulip stalks that have barely produced a bloom, I am encouraged by the thought of Spring on the horizon and all the wonders it offers in my yard and yours.  Every year I try to learn a little more about what and when to plant so that my yard will look as wonderful as some of my neighbors, friends and family masterpieces.

As we’re so close to April, I thought I’d share a great little day trip idea, as long as Mother Nature cooperates!  The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is now a month-long festival up in Skagit County, just 60 minutes north of Seattle.  As a Skagit native, the festival was just a traffic nightmare but I now truly appreciate the magnitude of the enormous displays of the tulips and daffodils.  The farmers have created pure masterpieces with 100’s of acres of color.  And each year thousands of visitors drive through from all 50 states and over 50 countries from around the world.  Check out some of the photos in the gallery if your curious…

One of the other traditional Festival occurrences is the selection and release of the official Tulip Festival Poster artists.  This year, Kate Larsson created this beautiful poster:

The Tulip Festival is meant as a drive-thru visit.  There is no one major site to be seen although certainly some fields become favorites.  And you wouldn’t want to miss the famous Roozengaarde display gardens and store to buy your own bulbs.

With a month-long festival, you can image that there is an opportunity for every interest;  wine festival, basketball tournament, salmon BBQ, quilt show, children’s activities and art shows.  Not to mention local food and produce stops too.  You won’t want to miss out on the legendary ice cream cones at Snow Goose Produce from the local Lopez Island Creamery.  You’ll want to make a trip north just for the ice cream, I promise!

Join the fun escape from the city and walk through the fields, snapping photos of your little ones, the scenery and maybe the mud field bloopers!  It is Washington and we are expected to have rain in April.

Tip-toe through the tulips!

images via Skagit Tulip Festival

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