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Tulip Tours

Program Contact: Alex duPont, Master Gardener Program Coordinator
alex.dupont@wsu.edu • (360) 428-4270 ext. 227

Tulip Tour Guide?

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.