Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

April 9-13, 2001

Take this chance to see the lavish beauty of North America’s most gorgeous spring gardens up close and personal. The climate is perfect to display glorious spring color. The Northwest’s famous spring flower farms raise more bulbs than Holland. Visit the seaport towns of Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria. You’ll see Victoria and Vancouver and agree that no one gardens like the Canadians. The streets and shops of Victoria show a decidedly English flavor. Relax with a convenient three-night stay in the same hotel and enjoy fun, gardens, and history without moving luggage.

Day 1

  • Fly to Seattle, the link between land and sea.
  • Enjoy the spectacular Washington Park Arboretum. It was designed by the Olmsted brothers in English Style with some of the country’s finest plant collections. Browse the elegant Japanese Garden, one of the best, specialty gardens, hillsides, and meadows, for splendid plants, especially azaleas and rhododendrons.
  • Wander Volunteer Park’s formal gardens and enjoy the contrast of cacti, orchids and subtropical plants in the conservatory.
  • See firsthand how aircraft are made at the Boeing 747-767-777 Production Facility. Tour the plant where the aircraft come to be.
  • Relax on the luxury coach as it drives through tulip country to beautiful British Columbia.

Day 2

  • Vancouver is North America’s gateway to the Orient with exciting ethnic groups and spectacular Chinese and Japanese Gardens.
  • Delight in topiary dragons, sea serpents and Big Foot that grace the children’s garden at Van Deusen Botanical Garden. Ramble through formal, perennial and rock gardens, displays of azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, herbs and spices, bamboos, viburnums, and heathers. See beautiful blooming magnolias, crabapples and cherries. Experience the famous Sino-Himalayan Garden and the desert, Mediterranean, Southern Hemisphere displays.
  • As you visit Chinatown, see the Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden known the finest outside China. It is modeled after the regal gardens of the ancient Ming Dynasty and the Taoist philosophy of Yin and Yan.
  • View the vista of Vancouver, the harbor and mountains from Queen Elizabeth Park — if you can take your eyes from terraced hills decked with masses of tulips, fountains, and thickets. Enjoy spring flowers in the sunken and quarry gardens.
  • Enter an enchanted world in the triodetic dome of Bloedel Conservatory. Wander through the jungle home of flamboyant tropical birds and fish, and through the deserts and temperate regions.

Day 3

  • Enjoy the ferry and the view of the lovely islands through Sheltered Puget Sound from Vancouver to Victoria.
  • You’ll never forget Butchart Gardens, a floral extravaganza that transformed an old limestone quarry. The fantasyland of the Sunken Garden will take your breath away. Amble through a living rainbow of vibrant color in layers of blossoms, spring plumage of cherries, dogwoods, and plums, and a fairyland of luxuriant green draping rock walls with colors reflected in fountains and lake.
  • Savor the Italian courtyard’s magnificent blend of water, plant life. Feel the serenity of the Japanese Garden — never more colorful or lovely than in spring. Stroll through the delightful perennials of the English Garden.
  • After a delicious lunch,choose from among these activities in downtown Victoria:
    • Delight in Miniature World at the regal Empress Hotel. See a tiny animated circus, famous battles being waged, “Gulliver’s Travels” world, nursery rhymes and fairy tales.
    • Visit the lovely glass Crystal Garden’s dense multilevel thickets of tropical plants, iguanas, birds, and the world’s smallest monkeys.
    • See the wonderful Royal British Columbia Museum’s frontier town or journey through an old-growth rainforest, the ocean and Indian Village. Experience Canada bigger than life in the The National Geographic IMAX theater.
    • Shop for souveniers of the Eskimos and Northwest, English goods, crafts, chocolate, and antiques in picturesque shops.
  • Savor the flavor of Victoria’s rural charm and elegant English sophistication on our city tour past spectacular Craigdarroch Castle, government street, and the lieutenant governor’s mansion before the ferry ride back to Vancouver.

Day 4

  • Exotic species from across the globe mingle at the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden. This don’t miss treasure is nestled in a coastal forest. The Asian collection features 400 species of rhododendrons with primulas, Himalayan poppies, vines and other flowering shrubs. Stroll in the physic, native and Alpine garden reputed to be one of North America’s best.
  • Pause among stunning cherry blossoms, azaleas, irises, ponds, bridges and carefully styled shrubs in the Nitobe Memorial Garden, one of North America’s most authentic Japanese gardens.
  • Feel like you are in Holland driving through fields of tulips, daffodils and spring flowering bulbs in Skagit Valley where they produce more bulbs than the Dutch. Pause at West Shore Acres, and Roozengaarde to feast on displays of color set against thousands of acres of growing fields.

Day 5

  • Explore Seattle’s intriguing, bawdy, adventurous, and humourous history 8 to 35 feet below the surface on the fascinating Underground Tour.
  • Delight in the Weyerhaeuser Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, a symbol of friendships with the nations of the Pacific Rim. Enjoy bonsai from the Orient, Canada and the U.S.
  • Next door, see 24 acres of the Rhododendron Species Foundation before returning home.