Trip to the Tulips


Each year, a large farm outside of Woodburn, Oregon, holds a tulip festival in the spring. Even though I have lived near the community for more than five years, I have never attended the festival, but I have admired the photos from afar (generally, though blogs and Facebook).

Tulips grow amazingly well in Oregon. Especially in the Willamette Valley, where the combination of cool falls, generally mild winters and intermittently sunny spring days produce what can only be described as almost-optimal growing conditions for the colorful flowers. As a result, many of the local gardeners — both professional and amateur — have the bulbs planted in their soil.

This year, I finally managed to make it to the Tulip Fest, dragging with me a friend from the East Coast. She was probably looking for a warmer, less wet way to spend the day, but I made her go anyway. We made…

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