Big ‘yes’ boosts flower festivals to full bloom


Taken last year, this photo is what we love about Tulip season. -Photo by Sarah Walls

For the La Conner Daffodil Festival and the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, the last two years have been all about no.

In 2020 there were no visitors to Roozengaarde and Tulip Town and almost no sales when havoc in the food supply chain canceled wholesale and retail cut-flower sales.

No Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue, no street fairs, nothing, nothing, nothing. “Don’t come” was the Valley’s message to flower lovers.

Then 2021 was all about maybe, as the festivals adopted social distancing and advance ticketing. But this year – this year is all about yes.

Yes to the ice cream social and...

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