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The Tulip Festival, Mt Vernon, Washington

Updated on April 8, 2012

Tulips and Lilacs and other things.

If you ever get the opportunity to head to Washington State in the month of April, take some time to drive north on Highway 5 to Mt Vernon, Stanford, La Conner and parts north and take in the Tulip Festival! Heralded as a place second only to Holland in its Tulip growth, the spectacular color is an awesome reminder of the beauty of the bulb.

The official Skagit County Washington guide to the Tulips can be found on the following website:

and in the 15 mile radius of this area one can experience the color and the beauty of the countryside and all the wonder that is Washington State.

I have lived all over the country and can honestly say that there is nothing quite like the state of Washington for finding a treasure trove of differing experiences~ from the sea, to the mountains to the islands and the bay, there are many offerings awaiting the tourist and the resident alike.

We decided to go to the festival today and got the car prepped, batteries changed in the camera and dog readied to be another two eyed observer. Unfortunately, we were made to leave our gal in the car, as no dogs were allowed on the farm. Alas, this did not stop us from the enjoyment of the flowers and the intensity of the diversity that surrounded us. Apparently, people from all over the world come to Washington to view the Tulips! We were surrounded by Asians, travelers from India and Pakistan and families having pictures taken of their children amongst the flower-beds. Food was plentiful, but the tulips were sold out in the Roozengaarde.

The brochure describes the experience thus: "A division of Washington Bulb Co., Inc., the largest flower bulbgrower in the U.S. with 1000+ acres of tulips, daffodils, and iris fields growing throughout the Skagit Valley. Owned by the Roozen family– bulb growers in Holland and the United States since the early1700’s."

My daughter and I had a lovely time snapping multitudes of pictures while enjoying the view, and even spent some time in quiet reflection of the time in nature. It was an awesome day.


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    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      They couldn't be any more gorgeous. I love tulips and they are not something that grows well in FL unfortunately. I miss them as I grew up in Ohio and we had a lot in our yard. The pictures are fabulous. great hub.

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      Lee Barton 

      8 years ago from New Mexico

      Beautiful! I remember first coming to Washington in springtime and visiting La Conner. Your photos really capture that amazing sight!

    • lorlie6 profile image

      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I adore Washington State, Aley! Oh, the tulips are stunning, but the photos of Kate and Chloe are my very favorites!

      Thanks for this journey!

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      8 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Hi Katyzzz...No, that is my daughter Kate! Will stop by your Hub!

      De Greek, tell your wife it is worth the trip!


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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      My wife now wants to visit! Shame we are so far away :-)

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      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Love, love, love the pictures and is that you there?

      Those blacks set amongst the others are a rare treat.

      I hope to see you at my place sometime, too


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