Tiptoeing through the tulips in the Pacific Northwest – It’s Tulip Festival time

Tulip fields

Tulip fields invite visitors each April.

The tulip fields of the Pacific Northwest are a draw during the month of April when these colorful flowers spring forth from bulbs at farms from Washington to Oregon.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest – Woodburn, Oregon
The tulips have been blooming for years at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm just outside Woodburn, Oregon. And visitors have been flocking to the fields enjoying the color and dreaming of their own tulip and daffodil gardens just as long.

Wooden Shoe keeps expanding the fest, adding more events and providing more tulip and daffy varieties. Beginning in late March, you can go out to the tulip fields and enjoy the many Tulip Fest events available at the farm. You’ll find over 40 Acres of Tulips and Daffodils.

Wooden Shoe has activities for the whole family. And the weekend events are the most plentiful (and so is the traffic along the country roads). If you are from out of town, consider staying for the weekend . The Oregon Garden Resort has a package deal. Starting at just $79 you can receive accommodations, parking at the Tulip Festival, a Tulip Festival Gift Shop coupon. admission to The Oregon Garden and full American buffet breakfast.

The Tulip Festival runs through April. In order to go a maximum blooming time, watch Wooden Shoe’s Field Report and log on to their Face Book page.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

At the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival there are tons of photo ops!

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – Washington
The festival is held from April 1-30th annually. Throughout the Skagit Valley millions of tulips burst into bloom.

The festival is designed as a driving tour for the visitor as there is no one “site” that you go to for your visit. This is because the farmers in the valley raise tulips as an agricultural crop and the 100s of acres of blooming flowers are scattered throughout the Skagit Valley. In addition to the flowers, festival visitors enjoy taking in one of the many events and activities that happen only during April. These too are scattered throughout the Skagit Valley.

Sunlight beaming through the tulips

Sunlight beaming through the tulips

A calendar of events can be found on the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival website. And, you can print out a map of the area tulip fields. The tulip growers also have a festival Facebook page.

Holland America Bulb Farm Tulip Festival – Woodland, Washington
Just a couple of miles off I-5 Exit 21 (north of Portland, OR) you’ll find the Holland American Bulb Company’s April Tulip Festival. It is a smaller festival but is fun for the whole family. There is no charge for parking.

Enjoy the beauty of the tulip fields but you can only walk in the special fields on the other side of the road. There are crafts, food, a bounce house for kids and some amazing tulips.

Items in the craft area range from sculpted chainsaw carvings with live demonstrations to outside furniture, hand-made glass, ceramics, locally grown plants, shrubs and baskets, and other unique items.

Fairly new is a U-Pick field where you can find a mixture of tulips and take home a gorgeous bouquet. This festival is easy to get to, not all that crowded and the views are amazing. The farm is located along the Lewis River. Event website.

Holland America Tulip Fields

Holland America Tulip Fields in Woodland, Washington

Tips for Visiting the Tulip Fields
Tulips do not abide by festival schedules. They can bloom as early as March and as late as May. Be sure and check the festival websites for peak blooming time.

Be sure and bring your camera. An overcast day can be even better for photography than a bright sunny day. Early morning and late afternoon are ideal times for photographing tulips although I have gotten some great close-up shots of tulips with the sunlight shining through the flower.

Get creative with your photography in the tulip fields

Get creative with your photography in the tulip fields

Wear shoes that you can get muddy. Tulip fields are just that… fields!

Tulip Info Website

Photography copyright: Elizabeth Rose Photography


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