Wednesday, May 6, 2009


It’s not too late to see the Skagit Valley tulips - May 3, 2009

May 3 was the last day of the Skagit Tulip Festival; since we missed it last year we didn’t want to miss out again. Under sunny skies we headed toward the tulip fields by way of Conway, taking the longer, scenic approach to Roozengaarde. We arrived early enough that we were able to beat the crowds and take our time enjoying the Tiffany lamp-hued, colorful splendor of the tulips.

The welcome sun made photography a bit challenging with many of the tulips in dappled sunlight. In order to get decent photographs we looked for blooms that were in the sun or fully in the shade.

The Skagit Tulip Festival is over but the tulips are far from being finished. Most tulips are still in the “summer” of their lifespan - Roozengaarde and Tulip Town are aglow and Roozengaarde is open year-round. Tulip Town will be open through Mothers Day on May 10 though you can order bulbs year round (you can also order bulbs from Roozengaarde).

Roozengaarde is located on 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. Call 360-424-8531 or visit . Tulip Town is located on 15002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon. Call 360-424-8152 or see (to order bulbs). Admission for Roozengaarde is $4 for adults, $3 for military personnel with ID. Admission for Tulip Town is $5 for adults, $4 for military personnel with ID, children 16 and under, free.

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