Jon and I took some time on Saturday to make a trip down to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. If you are from this area, you either love it or you hate it – or some of both. Because although the flowers are beautiful, and make for some excellent photo opportunities, they also produce some of the worst traffic jams north of Seattle.
Jon and I got there before lunchtime, and while we did experience some traffic back up as we made our way out to the fields, it was ten times worse for the poor folks that we saw heading out on our way back. A line of cars several miles long.
We visited RoozenGaarde, a family farm that was founded by Dutch immigrants William and Helen Roozen in 1955. It has grown from a 5 acre farm to over 2,000 acres in the Skagit Valley, with about 1,000 acres dedicated to the production of tulips, daffodils, and irises. Fun fact: Even though the Skagit Valley is famous for its tulips, there are actually more daffodils grown there!
The RoozenGaarde display garden is 3.5 acres, and each year it is planted with an incredible 1/4 million bulbs – tulips, daffodils and muscari. ONE QUARTER MILLION! It makes my back hurt just thinking about it!
I would love to have a garden full of tulips, but unfortunately the resident deer that do the rounds of my yard each day would be thanking me for the appetizers long before any tulip blooms appeared. Sigh… So, I will just have to enjoy the flowers in the display garden. I hope you enjoy them too!