Oh, how I want a garden. Is there anything more joyful and refreshing than walking through rows of flowers? Feeling the mud beneath your rainboots, while the scent of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth wafts through the air. The brightness of each bud reminding you that a new season is upon us – one of growth, sunshine, and color.
Spring feels appropriately timed this year especially. Just when I thought winter may swallow me whole, the sun peeked out and the first bits of greenery began to break through the dirt. I had been wanting to see the tulip fields that grace the Pacific Northwest, but needed a push to actually get up to the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. That push came from my dear friend, Molly, who drove up north from Olympia for a morning full of tulip- (and people-) watching.
We went up early on a weekday, but the line still wrapped out around the front hedges of RoozenGaarde. Luckily, the entrance is lined with fresh tulip blooms, so we happily experienced a sneak peek while we waited to purchase our tickets.
Once in the garden, it is immediately clear the amount of work that goes into planting and tending the infinite rows of tulips. Beautifully arranged in swirling patterns and abundant rows, the floral paths at RoozenGaarde led us along easily. I won’t pretend to remember the names of each individual variety we encountered, but each one inspired a sense of wonder. From the rare color combinations to the unique shapes of the petals and leaves, it’s hard to believe they’re all tulips.
Following our leisurely morning strolling through the gardens, we drove around the area and stopped off at a couple roadside spots to view more tulips. By mid-day, we were ready for a local lunch at Skagit River Brewery. Judging by the mud on fellow diners’ boots, we weren’t the only ones who had this idea. We shared a salad and wood-fired pizza while relishing in the joyful feeling of spending the morning in the tulip fields.
Scroll through to see some gorgeous blooms and stay tuned this spring. Hopefully my dream garden can become a reality.
Grab a friend, pick a direction and go – a magnificent adventure awaits.