A Review of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Spring is here and so are some beautiful flowers in Mount Vernon.


Leah Howell

Roozengaard tulip fields of red, pink, purple, and orange tulips

by Leah Howell, Reporter

Have you ever heard “April showers bring May flowers”? Here in the beautiful state of Washington it’s done a little differently with March showers bringing April flowers. To be specific, acres and acres of meticulously planted flowers that carpet the Skagit Valley.

A main tourist destination in Washington is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival which is held from April 1 to Apr 30, 2022

There are three fields, Tulip Town, Roozengaarde, and Garden Rosalyn. I ended up going to Tulip Town and Roozengaarde.

Tulip Town is open from 8am to 7pm, and tickets are fifteen dollars for ages twelve and up, seven dollars for ages six to eleven, and free for children under five, as well as the option to purchase an anytime ticket for twenty five dollars, which allows you one entry any time during the duration of the festival. 

When arriving at Tulip Town, the admission center lets you know that the fields had severe flooding and they lost over four acres of plantings, meaning they have around an acre and a half of planted and blooming tulips. Due to this the flowers were not nearly as impressive as what you would expect. However, they do have a beautiful entrance and a classic windmill, that gives you good picture opportunities. 

The other field I went to was Roozengaarde. Roozengaarde is world renowned and gets thousands of visitors from all over the world, and you can see why. 

Roozengaarde is open year round, festival hours are during the week 9am to 7pm and weekends 8am to 7pm. Tickets are fifteen dollars for general admission ages three and up, these tickets can be used one time any day of the festival. 

Roozengaard fields showcasing the red, orange, yellow, pink, and purple tulips spanning the field (Leah Howell)

Roozengaarde is exactly what you picture when you think of the tulip festival. It is filled with beautiful colors and smells. They have both tulips and daffodils, both are super colorful and vast in size. They have a gorgeous entrance with lots of picture opportunities when you enter, whether it be the large windmill or just around large central plantings of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths.

If you go be sure to wear shoes and clothes that are fit for the weather. You will be walking in flower fields so it will be muddy and a little slippery. As well as Washington weather, rain and cold winds are common so bring a jacket.

I would definitely recommend going to the Tulip Festival this April. It is a fun day or weekend trip that is filled with beautiful scenery and good smelling flowers.