“Ten thousands saw I at a glance
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.” *
Only they weren’t Daffodils, but Tulips. The Daffodils were almost out of season and the Tulips had taken center stage. The place was Wooden Shoe Tulip Farms and the occasion was the annual Tulip Fest that Woodburn, Oregon is proud of.
It was only recently that I learnt that the Pacific Northwest was home to several Tulip Farms and that April was the month for these pretty flowers. That also meant that it was the season for Tulip festivals around here. My wish to visit one of these festivals only grew stronger and stronger till I decided I just had to it. And honestly — it took a while to decide which one to go to.
Having zeroed in on the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest, we drove down to Woodburn, which is around 30 miles south of Portland. After a drive through the busy Interstate 5 and some of Oregon’s quiet countryside, we finally turned into what looked like an outdoor party in the middle of nowhere.
There were tulips everywhere: in pots that adorned the farm’s buildings, the gift shops and in the hands of the visitors. There was even a game area where players shot paintballs at cutouts of Tulips. The best part of the day was definitely the Tulip fields.
This part of the farm, which stretches over 40 acres just might make a poet out of one or remind them of one. You know what the fields did to me. 🙂 Now I can imagine how overwhelmed Wordsworth must have been when he saw that crowd of daffodils. Here at the Wooden Shoe Tulip fields there were tens of thousands of Tulips dancing in the Spring breeze. It was a very pretty picture. The Tulips were not just in red and yellow but purple, orange, white and every other colour that these flowers come in. And I believe it was the fact that they were planted in a colour pattern that made the scene such a feast to my eyes.
Toilets: Yes. (Several sets of Portable ones)
Food (and drinks and snacks): available.
Transportion: There are buggy rides to the fields (from the parking lot). The pathways are stroller and wheelchair-friendly if you wouldn’t mind a bumpy ride.
Other: There are craft stalls and lots of amusement for the little ones (in the form of slides and Jump-houses).
Please note: The Wooden Shoe’s Annual Tulip Fest 2014 winds up this weekend. For further info. you can look up their official site.
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