I recently visited Skagit Valley with fellow florists from the Greater Seattle Floral Association. We made a day of it. Our tour guide and a local artist, Jennifer Bowman, took us to two famous tulip growers.

First we visited Tulip Town. I pulled my boots on and walked the rows.


Rows upon rows.

My favorite is the hot pink one, in the distant middle.

Our second tulip stop was to the venerable Roozengarde farm, a division of the Washington Bulb Co Inc., the largest of it’s kind in the country. I was especially taken by the white Muscari which, much to my chagrin, is a rarity for the florist.

 

We were astounded as to how many of the double variety cultivars look strikingly like a peony or garden rose blossom.

Skagit Valley is a popular destination this time of year. And for good reason, this little valley has been planting bulbs for a better part of the century. A little farther west & a little further north are countless additional destinations to visit. Deception Pass on Whidbey Island, the San Juan Islands from Anacortes and a sunday-afternoon-kind-of-drive up the Chuckanut are all worth your time! I had one of the best meals of my life in Bow, WA. No joke.

I think one of the best aspects of tulip mania that this corner of Washington annually experiences, is that it is truly fleeting. By the end of April, it’s kaput. Petals have dropped in staggering numbers.

Mother nature is doing her beautiful magic. Get up there while you can!