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Sunday, April 26, 2009

We got up early this day to beat the crowds to the
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.  Vast fields of yellow
and white daffodils and multi-colored tulips bloom
in April and irises in May.  We reached our first
field right about 9am: row upon row of yellow
daffodils.  The morning was a bit hazy, obscuring
the mountains, but the foothills and nearby farm
buildings made for a pretty view.  Further down the
road we parked alongside several fields of tulips
of many varieties: red, yellow, pink, and more.  We
spent about an hour wandering these fields.  It
held the interest of the kids, who all took turns
with the camera.

The crowds were building up, so we moved along
to the Roozengaarde display garden.  The garden
had been expanded since our last visit and the
facilities increased to handle the many visitors.  
Here you can find hundreds of varieties of tulips
and other flowers.  Nearly every flower bed was in
peak bloom on this day - a gorgeous sight.

Later in the day on the way back from Deception
Pass, we stopped by the Berry Barn - a nice gift
shop with local products and homemade pies - for
ice cream cones.

Festival Website

Roozengaarde and Washington Bulb Company

Photo Album

by Bob Kelly
Nye Beach
Field of daffodils in the Skagit Valley
Farm house in the morning haze
Field of bright red tulips in the Skagit Valley
Contrasting red and yellow tulips fields
Roozengaarde display garden
Mixed varieties of tulips