Spring is Here! Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Even with a light rain coming down, the seemingly endless rows of flowers were the very definition of spring. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is what draws thousands of people to Skagit Valley each year, a town two hours from Bainbridge Island. It is just what it sounds like, From April 1st to April 30th, anyone can come and see the beautiful tulips in bloom. There are two growers currently, RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town. 2018 is the 35th anniversary of the festival opening, this year there are over 150 varieties of tulips, with rows and rows of every color you can imagine. There’s not just one garden either, the festival is set up as a drive tour, with many fields sometimes miles apart.
Tulips symbolize classic love and peace, which makes it fitting that one of the exhibits this year is a Veteran Memorial Garden which honors all war veterans.
It’s hard to not lose your breath when you see the tulips for the first time because there’s something inexplicable about seeing, and smelling an entire field of flowers that just came into bloom. In the rainy and grey Washington winters everyone is somewhat affected by seasonal depression, the lack of sun depletes us students motivation, and sometimes it can be hard to see past the gloomy clouds. However, spring is officially here, and it’s easy to feel that in Skagit Valley, with little kids running around playing in the mud, and young couples holding hands and smiling. Being in the presence of new life can point to the possibilities the future holds, the ones that maybe were hard to see during January.