Tulips are a big deal in Washington. You’d think it’s Amsterdam. Actually, flowers in general are awesome out here, but the reigning queen of Spring is the tulip. I think part of this reason is that north of Seattle is a place called Skagit Valley and they grow tulips upon tulips upon tulips. And daffodils. And irises. And it’s gorgeous. We went up a little early in the festival (it runs all of April) and caught the end of daffodils and beginning of tulips. One thing that amazed me was the variety of tulips. Not only in color but petal shape too. And they had some awesome names like Ninja. Honestly that’s the only one I remember right now but awesome right?
The farms in Skagit Valley grow a variety of agriculture but in spring it is all about the flowers. Before we hit up the fields though we stopped for some wine at the Tulip Valley Vineyard and Orchard. The tasting room is in a big red barn and attached is space that at the time was an art show. Our favorite wines from them was their Gewurztraminer and Rose. They also make a cider that is a bit sour but in a good way. Definitely worth a stop if you’re up there.
We spent our time at RoozenGaarde, the largest tulip farm in the area. Their main fields were full of daffodils but their garden was blooming with tulips, like in the photo above, but I also loved the daffodils.
We passed some fields of tulips as well but I didn’t snap any photos. A friend of mine went the week after us and got some great photos of the fields of pink and purple. But I loved the garden because I could see all of the different varieties.
Anyone else been to the Tulip Festival? What did you think? What’s your favorite flower?