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2014 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival begins in April

The skagit Valley is blooming
The skagit Valley is bloomingPhotography by Tiiu Napp

The Skagit Valley tulip fields are beginning to bloom. Thousands of visitors travel from across the country, Canada and beyond to enjoy the lush fields of color, shop for a variety of tulips bulbs, enjoy the festivities and capture those priceless photos of loved ones surrounded by brilliant flowers. Several events are taking place throughout the month of April. For a full list of events scheduled for the 2014 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival go to www.TulipFestival.org.

Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde are popular family owned tulip fields with long history in the Skagit Valley. Each area is resplendent in color and designed to engage tulip lovers of all ages. Be sure to stop at both tulip fields because each presents unique displays of floral artistry and many prime locations for those memorable picture-taking moments.

Tulip Town – Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and later if weather permits.
15002 Bradshaw Road
Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273
360-424-8152
http://www.tuliptown.com

Anthony DeGoede, owner of the Skagit Valley Tulip Farm, immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1956. He moved to Mount Vernon in 1957 and joined his brothers establishing and operating a variety of tulip farms. The DeGoede family continues to strive to always maintain top quality products and good agricultural production. The floral experience is complimented with beautiful apple trees, annuals and perennials adorning the parking area.

Tulip Town provides a vast acreage of colorful tulips where visitors can walk around at their own pace or ride around the tulip fields on a Blue Trolley Tour (360-424-1600). They also have a beautiful indoor display complete with tulip arrangements and a painted mural. Visitors will be able to browse the gift shop, enjoy artwork, purchase refreshments and the children can have their faces painted. Many scenic designs as well as a windmill are incorporated into the landscape that lend to artistic photographic opportunities.

RoozenGaarde – Open 7 days a week. Hours: Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays and holidays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
15867 Beaver Marsh Road
Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273
360-424-8531 or 866-4Tulips
www.Tulips.com

William Roozen emigrated from Holland in 1947 bringing many years of experience in the bulb industry to the Skagit Valley. With hard work and long hours in the field, he established the largest tulip-bulb growing organization in the country. RoozenGaarde began in 1985. The hard work and ethics of the Roozen family spans six generations. They first began raising tulips in Holland in the mid 18th century.

RoozenGaarde is a short drive from Tulip Town and presents a 3 1/2 acre display garden surrounded by hundreds of acres of tulip, daffodil and iris fields. The main gardens are a vibrant colorful array of floral artistry. Nestled around the gardens are benches where visitors sit and pose with the flowers. For the budding photographers, take note that the gardens are blessed with the majestic backdrop of the Cascade Mountain range. More than 90 different tulip varieties and 135 different types of flowers are brilliantly designed in colorful garden displays. Make sure to get a garden map at the entrance gate. The map outlines locations for the Memorial Garden, Northeastern Maze and Southeastern Maze, a popular spot for children.

Surrounding the RoozenGaarde display garden are acres of tulip fields, where visitors can stroll around the pathways and enjoy the vast, vibrant colors of the fields. Gate admission at the display gardens will provide access to the other fields as well.

To learn more about the Skagit Valley Tulip fields or to order bulbs online go to Tulip Town or RoozenGaarde.

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