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April 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM

It’s confirmed: Tulips are blooming in the Skagit Valley

Tulip fields along La Conner-Whitney Road in the Skagit Valley, on Tuesday, April 15. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times)

Tulip fields along La Conner-Whitney Road in the Skagit Valley, on Tuesday, April 15. (photos by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times)

The tulips are in full bloom in the Skagit Valley, in case you weren’t sure. Here are a couple of photos I took on Tuesday on a drive through the valley. Skagit Valley Tulip Festival events continue through the end of April.

A tulip field across from RoozenGaarde display garden, on Beaver Marsh Road (with free parking).

A tulip field across from RoozenGaarde display garden, on Beaver Marsh Road (with free parking).

This was the message online Wednesday from Washington Bulb Co., which owns most of the tulip fields in the valley: “Our tulip fields are in bloom and now is as colorful time as any!  We expect the next week to be the most colorful of the spring in our fields.  Some of our fields have been ‘topped’ for the spring, but we will still have more than enough color for everyone.  Rain or shine… NOW is the time!!!”

If you’re a tulip first-timer, you should know that the entire Skagit Valley isn’t a sea of tulips. While it’s not too hard to just drive around the valley for a while and find good fields, it really helps to consult this online tulip map. I like to exit Interstate 5 at Conway, Exit 221, turn west and follow the “Tulip Route” signs toward La Conner. Expect large crowds on weekends; go on a weekday morning for a quieter visit and little traffic. Tip: When I was there around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, nobody was staffing fee stations at the tulip field parking areas. Otherwise, the charge is $5.

Comments | Topics: Skagit Valley, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Skagit Valley tulips

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