A Tulip Fest or a visual feast?

“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...
Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest

“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.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest

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.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest
Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest
Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest


Toilets: Yes. (Several sets of Portable ones)

Foodย (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 andย 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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35 Comments on this post.
  • Ranita Sinha
    3 May 2014 at 10:34 pm
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    It would had been a wonderful day for you..such amazing flowers..wish someday I would be able to witness this fest..A lovely post because I love tulips..:)

    • Ranita Sinha
      3 May 2014 at 10:35 pm
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      #would have been

    • dNambiar
      4 May 2014 at 3:26 pm
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      Gosh, it really was Ranita. I'm so, so glad I could make it to some Tulip Fields.
      Ah, I wish that wish for you. Tulips are bee–yoo–ti-ful!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you so much, Ranita.

  • Prasad Np
    4 May 2014 at 8:07 am
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    WOW is all I can say.. such a visual delight.. reminds me of Big B and Rekha's famous song from Silsila… we desi's love our Bollywood memories

    • dNambiar
      4 May 2014 at 3:31 pm
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      'Wow sight' indeed.
      And Bollywood does take us places, doesn't it? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • R Niranjan Das
    4 May 2014 at 7:22 pm
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    Absolutely fabulous. It is a riot of colours out there. You feel as though you are at the centre of a palette. Awesome post, Nambiare!

    • dNambiar
      7 May 2014 at 1:10 am
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      A riot of colours, it was, Niranjan..
      I feel so fortunate to have been to a Tulip Farm. It was such a 'happy' experience. I'm sure you can see that. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you for that lovely comment, Nomad.

  • Kusum Sanu
    6 May 2014 at 1:11 pm
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    Very nice. A visual delight indeed!

    • dNambiar
      7 May 2014 at 1:11 am
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      It was such a gorgeous sight.
      Thank you so much, Kusum. I hope you are doing well.

  • Linda
    11 May 2014 at 1:18 am
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    Lovely series of photos!

    • dNambiar
      23 May 2014 at 6:26 am
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      Thank you, Linda. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Indrani
    23 May 2014 at 11:33 am
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    So SO beautiful!
    Very pleasing to eyes.

    • dNambiar
      23 May 2014 at 11:52 pm
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      Indeed it is.
      Thank you for stopping by, Indrani.

  • magiceye
    23 May 2014 at 12:05 pm
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    Wow what a riot of colours! Beautifully captured too!!

    • dNambiar
      24 May 2014 at 12:21 am
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      Isn't it?
      I'd never seen anything like this. It was an amazing sight.

      Thank you Magiceye.

  • AmitAag
    24 May 2014 at 6:01 am
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    Wordsworth would have written those lines on Tulips if he were there:)
    Wonderfully captured!

    • dNambiar
      26 May 2014 at 12:19 am
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      You know what, Amit — I think you are right. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you so much; I did my best. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • B
    24 May 2014 at 3:52 pm
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    tulips are my favourits .. sadly it has rained so much here that my garden has none ๐Ÿ™

    beautiufl pictures


    • dNambiar
      26 May 2014 at 12:20 am
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      Thankfully, I have some pics for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks a ton, Bikram.

  • Rahul Bhatia
    29 May 2014 at 5:38 am
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    Magical! Missed this one Divya:)

    • dNambiar
      20 August 2014 at 9:46 am
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      Magical indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I'm glad you didn't really missed this post. It's full of visuals I really wanted to 'share.' ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Deepa Gopal Sunil
    11 August 2014 at 10:06 am
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    • dNambiar
      20 August 2014 at 9:47 am
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      Gosh, they are! I'm not much of a flower person, but Tulips — love them!! They ARE beautiful.

      I'll come by and see your painting. Love your work, Deepa.

  • ilakshee
    30 September 2014 at 7:31 am
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    Sigh! Those acres of tulips stretching out makes the heart go ballistic! Mine did in Srinagar! you have captured them so beautifully.

    • dNambiar
      1 October 2014 at 12:37 pm
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      Ah! I know that feeling. ๐Ÿ™‚ (especially if it's a first time, right?)
      Thank you so much, Ilakshee.

  • Kokila Gupta
    14 April 2015 at 10:29 am
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    • dNambiar
      15 April 2015 at 12:47 pm
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      What a beautiful song.
      So apt.
      That was quite a sight, Kokila. I'm so glad I went and saw this farm. It was quite unbelievable, really.

    29 October 2015 at 8:18 am
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    This is such an amazing post Chechi. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ loved all the pictures. This is definitely a mini- Keukenhof ๐Ÿ™‚ For all my USA friends, i am surely recommending this one . Shall share your post with them ๐Ÿ™‚

    • dNambiar
      27 March 2017 at 6:12 am
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      This was such a pretty place and seeing all these tulips is an experience I will never forget.

      Feel free to share it. There are a few more good places in the Pacific Northwest where you can see tulips.

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  • umashankar
    21 March 2017 at 3:45 am
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    It makes me wonder how Wordsworth missed out on tulips, or if he has written about them, I have missed the poems. Perhaps no one drove him to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest? Syliva Plath, on the other hand, did write a poem that will haunt it’s readers.

    Amazing photographs, Divya.

    • dNambiar
      27 March 2017 at 6:17 am
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      I will look up Sylvia Plath’s lines on tulips. I would love to read that.

      Thank you so much, coming from you that compliment means a lot, USP.

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    31 May 2017 at 3:45 am
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    Wow – so gorgeous!

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