This weekend, I stumbled across a beautiful tulip field that seemed too good to be true. Located just 30 minutes from Portland, the tulip fields at Holland America Flower Gardens are in bloom and free to visit.
Holland America Flower Gardens started when Benno and Klazina immigrated from Holland with their 3 children and some beloved tulip bulbs. The family settled in Woodland, Washington, and started their flower farm. Today, the farm is a fantastic free attraction enjoyed by people near and far.
Seriously, this tulip field does not charge an admission fee. While it doesn’t have a bunch of local vendors, a gift shop, food and activities for guests like the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, I found it to be just as enjoyable with two incredible tulip fields open to the public.
Tulip Fields at Holland America Flower Gardens
Every year, the fields open when the first tulips start to show their seasonal colors, around April 1. The farm features two fields for you to explore. One is free to visit and the other is a you-pick field where you can build your own bouquet.
The show field lets you see a variety of tulips in all different colors and sizes. This is the ideal location to take photos and selfies. You can meander through the rows of tulips and find your favorite tulip variety. I liked the dark purple blooms.
From the show field you also get a view of the commercial fields just beyond the public area. This tulip field is completely free to visit.
The you-pick field lets you choose your own tulips to take home. Bring a bucket and some water and take your pick of the available blooms.
To pick them, simply find your favorite bloom, reach to the base of the stem above the soil, and snap the stem, leaving the bulb undisturbed in the soil. Keep picking to build a nice bouquet.
Make sure you bring cash with you. The you-pick field costs 50 cents per flower. There is a money box at the front of the field where you can pay for your tulips.
If you’d prefer to buy an already picked bouquet, there is a cooler on the other side of the parking lot near the entrance filled with fresh tulips. I chose this option since these tulips were just starting to open and will last longer. The self serve tulip cooler is $5 per bouquet. There is a money slot next to the cooler where you can pay.
Remember those dark purple tulips I mentioned? I found two beautiful bouquets to take home. I don’t think I have ever paid only $5 for fresh, quality flowers.
While visiting the Holland America Flower Gardens’ tulip fields, stop by Lilac Days at Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. Admission is just $5. I recommend packing a lunch and spending a leisurely afternoon walking around and relaxing in the garden.
Holland America Flower Gardens is located at 1066 S. Pekin Road in Woodland, Washington. The tulip field is open everyday from dan till dusk. The tulips should be in bloom through May 8. Check the Holland America Flowers’ website and Facebook page for updates before you visit.