Every spring, Holland America Bulb Farms celebrates the blooming of its magnificent multicolor tulips by hosting the Woodland Tulip Festival. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 15, 16, 22, and 23, visitors can stroll through the fields and get up close and personal with hundreds of tulip varieties, enjoy live music, and purchase refreshments. A variety of vendors will be on hand during the event selling food and crafts. There’s also a “U-pick” field, where you can choose your own beauties for just .50 a stem!
There’s also a charming gift shop where besotted tulip-lovers (also known as “tulipomaniacs”—it’s a real thing!) can purchase potted tulips for $7.50 or peruse dozens of varieties of bulbs, blooms, and bouquets, potted spring flowers, garden accessories, jewelry, cards, and other treasures. You can also take a catalog with you as you walk the fields, then place your order in the gift shop for the particular bulbs you want; they’ll be ready to pick up and plant in October. The kids will enjoy taking photos in giant wooden clogs, dressing up in Dutch attire and posing in the “enchanted carriage,” and planting lily bulbs.
The Tulip Festival is only on weekends, but the gift shop will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 to 4 p.m. on weekends. The tulip farm is located at 1066 S. Pekin Rd. in Woodland. There’s plenty of free parking, and admission is free! If you come on April 22 or 23, you’ll also want to drive to the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens just down the road and see the astonishing varieties of lilacs in full bloom during the Lilac Days Festival, which lasts through Mother’s Day.