April is Tulip Time at RoozenGaarde!
|The Gardens at RoozenGaarde|
If it's April in the Northwest,
it's time to celebrate spring with a spectacular explosion of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and multitudinous flowering bulbs.
You're in for a visual feast!
Just a quick trip north of Seattle
on I-5 will bring you to the fertile farmlands of the Skagit Valley and nearby La Conner, where flowering bulbs are the stars of spring.
I visited the first week of April when the weather was beautiful and the bulbs were blooming at about 10%. Some varieties were in full bloom and others were holding out for a little more sunshine. The skies were clear and we had a full-on view of beautiful, snow-covered Mount Baker.
After driving around the well-marked tulip route to take in the fields of daffodils, we headed for our favorite display gardens at RoozenGaarde.
|Fields of Daffodils at RoozenGaarde|
Every fall, the gardens at RoozenGaarde are planted with
|RoozenGaarde Windmill, Skagit Valley|
|Fields of Daffodils at RoozenGaarde, Skagit Valley|
RoozenGaarde is handicapped accessible and offers plenty of free parking. Flower varieties are labeled throughout the garden for easy ordering. Bulb catalogs are readily available and a discount is offered for orders placed at the gardens.
RoozenGaarde is open from 9:00 am-7:00 pm everyday throughout the Tulip Festival. There is an admission during the bloom period - $10.00 on weekends and $7.00 on weekdays ($1.00 off with Military ID) and did I mention that parking is FREE? Nearby lodging and restaurants can be found in Mount Vernon and in the picturesque town of La Conner, WA. TIP - Beat the crowds and visit during the week!
Find more information about the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival on this link to their website.