Time to tiptoe: The 25th Anniversary Skagit Valley Tulip Festival opens Tuesday and runs through April 30. Many fields in the area are already colorful with daffodils in full bloom.
Tulip Town (www.tuliptown.com; 360-424-8152) and Roozengaarde (www.tulips.com; 360-424-8531), two of the largest tourist destinations in the area, will both be open this weekend for visitors who want a head start on touring Skagit County’s flower fields.
Though now isn’t the time to plant tulip bulbs in home gardens, visitors can buy a variety of cut flowers or order bulbs for fall planting.
Gardening celebrity Ciscoe Morris will broadcast his KIRO radio show from 10 a.m. to noon April 5 at Roozengaarde.
See www.tulipfestival.org for a complete schedule of events and an up-to-date bloom map or call 360-428-5959 with questions.
Green up: The first Seattle Green Festival is set for April 12 and 13 at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center in Seattle.
Visitors will find more than 300 exhibits and more than 150 speakers tackling topics such as indoor air quality, how to plan a summer vegetable garden, do-it-yourself home energy audits, affordable solar power, wildlife friendly gardening, green remodeling and “how to heat your home, not the planet.”
There also will be kids’ activities, a music stage, a film festival, fair trade crafts, a bookstore, a tea garden, local organic beer and wine samples and sustainable food for sale.
Though compostable foodware will be provided, attendees are urged to bring their own, plus water bottles, bags and mugs as needed.
Modeled after large events in San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C., the festival is a joint project of Global Change and Co-op America, both national nonprofits.
Admission is $15, $10 if you bike, ride the bus or are a student or senior. Kids age 12 and younger can attend for free.
See www.greenfestivals.org for details or call 800-58-GREEN (800-584-7336) with questions.