Roozengaarde is the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival’s primo spot for tiptoeing.
Roozengaarde is owned by the company behind tulips.com, the Roozen family – tulip and bulb growers in Holland and the United States since the early 1700’s. The display garden is 4 acres of tulips and features a Dutch Windmill, too. Here, you can buy bunches of tulips, get a bite to eat, buy some fudge; it’s a bit of a small-town fair atmosphere.
Of course the star of the display garden are the variety of tulips and just how close you can get to them. They don’t really want you walking between rows of Tulips out in the field, so this is your best chance to get up close and personal with some flora.
Every year’s display garden is different than the last, but a returning favorite is a “river” of blue muscari that snakes its way through the tulip beds.
The story behind the display garden is bittersweet. Bernadette Roozen Miller had the idea for the display garden, but sadly she passed away in 1996 after a long and courageous battle with a rare disease called amyloidosis.
Out here in the fields
Once you’ve explored the amazing display garden, it’s time to walk out into the 25-acre tulip and daffodil field that is directly behind. Pastimes here include watching parents try to push strollers on wavy, caked mud, Chinese girls who are dressed for a night out at the club, kids asking each other to take photos of themselves for their Snapchats (or whatever), and people generally being goofballs posing in a gigantic field of flowers.
Is it cliché to take a photo of the lonely off-color tulip? Guess what? I don’t care!
Although the daffodils are on their last legs at this point in the blooming season, you can still catch a glimpse of the vibrant yellow blooms under the watchful eye of Mt. Baker.
I really liked watching the workers go about their busy day collecting blooms. The ladies would pick as many flowers as they could hold and then two men with presumably wide wingspans would visit each woman. They men would collect those flowers into a big bear hug and then walk them back to the truck to toss them into the back.
Roozengaarde is open 9am-7pm every day of the Tulip Festival. No pets are allowed. Admission is $5 per person and parking is free.
You can also use your ticket stub to park in Roozengaarde’s other field which is nearby. If you can get here on a weekday, make it happen. Weekend traffic crushes Mount Vernon and will take away a lot of the fun.