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Guided Tulip Tours

Program Contact: Alex duPont, Master Gardener Program Coordinator
360-395-2367 • alex.dupont@wsu.edu

Mark your calendar:

2020 Skagit County Tulip Festival – April 1-30

Did you know that more tulip and daffodil bulbs are produced in Skagit County than in any other county in the United States?

Approximately 1,000 acres of tulips and daffodils are grown in Skagit County. They are sold for both cut flowers and bulbs and shipped throughout the U.S. and Canada. About 20 million bulbs are harvested each summer in Skagit County. About 75 million cut flowers are grown in greenhouses and fields, accounting for over 50% of overall sales. About 500 acres of tulips are grown in the Valley, which represents 75% of U.S. commercial production.

Skagit County is known worldwide for its Tulip Festival, which occurs the entire month of April. The Tulip Festival began in 1984 and now brings an estimated 300,000 visitors and $65 million in revenue to the county. The bulb industry averages about $20 million in annual gross income, $3 million of which is in bulb sales.

Need a Master Gardener to Guide your Tulip Tour?

Would you like a local gardening expert to enhance your customers’ experience touring the Skagit Valley tulip fields? Then you need to contact the Washington State University Master Gardeners. Master Gardener step-on guides provide an informative overview of our wonderful area and are available for your group tour during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Touring companies should e-mail Toni at tonitulip@comcast.net or call 360-848-9053 for pricing and scheduling information.

(Master Gardeners do not arrange or provide the transportation for tours. We are “step-on guides” for tours that you or others arrange, bringing your transportation to us.)

Article Featured in the May 2007 Home Accent (Published as a newspaper insert by the Skagit Valley Herald)

Toni Caskey, a WSU Master Gardener, demonstrates separating "daughters" from the mother bulbs.
Toni Caskey, a WSU Master Gardener, demonstrates separating “daughters” from the mother bulbs.

Toni recommends these steps for a pot full of colorful blooms:
  • Layer several bulb types.
  • Get a round planter 15 to 20 inches in diameter.
  • Put in a shallow layer of gravel or broken terra cotta pot pieces.
  • Layer potting soil and scratch in some bone meal.
  • Plant 15 to 25 tulip bulbs.
  • Add a layer of soil and bone meal.
  • Plant 6 Dutch Master daffodils.
  • Add another layer of soil and bone meal.
  • Plant 3 or 4 hyacinths.
  • Cover with soil.
  • Keep container in garage for the winter.
  • When shoots come up in January, begin to water weekly.
  • After the last frost, or in early March, move planter outside into the full sun.