If you’ve lived in this region for a while, you’re probably in one of two camps when it comes to tulip festivals.
You either went to a tulip festival several years ago or you’ve been meaning to go for years.
I used to be in the ‘been-meaning-go’ camp until two weekends ago, when I decided to cross ‘visit a tulip farm in spring’ off my bucket list.
We missed the festival here in the Fraser Valley; the tulips bloomed early this season because of our unseasonably warm spring.
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs for longer, every April 1 – 30, so we drove about an hour and the half south to Mount Vernon.
We stopped at Roozengaarde, the biggest display garden on the tulip festival route.
We got lucky, it was an exceptionally sunny day with the clear skies and mountains making the perfect backdrop.
The tulips were breathtaking; vibrant stretching rows of red, purple, yellow and white flowers as far as the eyes can see, sweeping into the fields.
It’s quite an impressively beautiful and serene setting; the colourful expansive fields, the mountains, the cute Dutch-style barns and the kites flying on the adjacent field were all so picturesque – I must have taken a million photos.
With the season ending, there were some empty sections, topped tulips (headless plants) and browning daffodils.
It wasn’t however very crowded, which was a relief because I’ve heard horror stories about traffic and parking during the festival.
We had a fun time explorng the Skagit Valley tulips, I think we’ll try and make the trip earlier on in the season next time, and early in the day, perhaps to catch the sun rising over the fields.