My Favorite Gardens

Sharing five of my favorite flower gardens to visit, wonderful places to gather inspiration and be surrounded by immense beauty. The gardens are located in America, Canada, The Netherlands, and England.

Butchart Gardens
Victoria, Canada
The manicured sunken garden at Butchart Gardens is one of a kind. To be on the upper section of the garden and looking down onto the winding paths and perfectly manicured flower beds is an impressive sight. I am also a big fan of the rose gardens and recommend visiting when the roses are in bloom.
Butchart Gardens

Keukenhof Gardens
The Netherlands
Perhaps my favorite garden of all, I first visited here in 2011 at the suggestion of a friend. I had no idea what was in store, no idea I was about to view the most beautiful, large garden filled to the brim with bulb flower displays, floral arrangements, and variety displays. I’ve now visited the gardens twice and can only anticipate future visits!
Keukenhof Gardens Holland

Lotusland
Montecito, California
37 acres of amazing landscaping and gardens are what’s in store with a visit to Lotusland. This stunning garden is located in Montecito, California, just south of Santa Barbara.
Lotusland

Roozengaarde
Mount Vernon, Washington
I had no idea what to expect the first time I visited Roozengaarde and I most certainly wasn’t expecting such a glorious display of tulips. A truly pleasant surprise when I realized how many beautiful displays of tulips, daffodils, and muscari they had tucked in behind their garden walls. The tulips festival takes place each April and I highly recommend a visit.
Roozengaarde Skagit valley

David Austin Roses
Albrighton, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Located in the English Countryside are the beautiful gardens of David Austin Roses. The gardens are behind brick walls giving it a secret garden feel. I could barely contain my excitement as I turned each corner to discover more perfectly laid out rose gardens. We visited just before the gardens were in full bloom, I do hope to make it back there one day when the roses are in full bloom.
Beautiful Garden space seen at David Austin Rose Gardens, England

Have you been to any of the above gardens? Which are your favorites and why? Do you have gardens to suggest I and others visit? Please leave your suggestions in the comments – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Fleur Friday

I thought the tips in this article were all good points for small business owners.
13 habits of self-made millionaires, from a man who spent 5 years studying rich people by Thomas C. Corley

If you happen to be in the Seattle, Washington area this coming week — The Seattle Wholesale Growers Market is turning FIVE this Wednesday! Come celebrate!
5th Anniversary Celebration – Wednesday April 20th, 9:00 – 10:30 am

Also, if you are in Washington .. this coming weekend will probably be that last good weekend to see the tulips in bloom in Skagit Valley. I went to visit the fields yesterday, and while still beautiful and enjoyable the tulips are nearing their end … so if you plan to see them this year be sure to see them soon!!

Roozengaarde Skagit valley

Roozengaarde, Skagit Valley

My next floral design class is scheduled for May 21, 2016 in Seattle and the focus will be designing with Peonies – click here to register.
Peonies Floral Design Class Seattle Washington

Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley

It’s that time of year again! Time for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington. Every April the tulip farms in Skagit Valley open up their doors and invite the public to see tulips in bloom at their farms. Chad and I had a lovely day out visiting RoozenGaarde & Tulip Town, perfectly sunny day to dilly dally through the tulip fields and display gardens. I will try to show some restraint here and not post 100 photos, just a handful of the pretty flowers we saw…

RoozenGaarde Display Garden of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils

RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde - Queensland Tulip, blush pink fringe edge tulip

Queensland Tulip by RoozenGaarde

Tulip Town

Tulip Town

Tulip Town Tulip fields

Tulip Town

Tulip Town, salmon pink tulip

Tulip Town

Tulip Town, rows of yellow and orange tulips

Tulip Town

RoozenGaarde, Tulip Beds

RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde, green and white tulips

RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde, Tulip Display Garden

RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde, Tulip, Hyancinth and Daffodil display gardens

RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde, fields of tulips in bloom in Washington

RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde, tulip display garden

RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde, tulip display garden

RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde, tulip farm

RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde, Salmon Parrot Tulip

Salmon Parrot Tulip at RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde, Red fringe tulip

RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde, Orange tulips in the field

RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde, path of muscari

RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde Display Garden of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils

RoozenGaarde

RoozenGaarde Display Garden of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils

RoozenGaarde

Funny to think that last year my Mom & I made a special trip to Skagit Valley to see the tulips, I had no idea that I’d be living just 20 minutes south of Skagit Valley one year later! Funny how life changes.
I think I enjoy listening to the comments made by other visitors to the gardens & fields as much as I enjoy looking at the flowers. I hear so many people in awe of the beauty they are seeing, it’s really a cool thing to witness.

Skagit Tulip Festival – RoozenGaarde®

I’m thrilled that I was able to visit the Skagit Tulip Festival last week in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Our first stop was to RoozenGaarde® and believe me, my mother and I were the first two in the gate. ha! We had a great time walking around the grounds and viewing all these beautiful tulips and daffodils. RoozenGaarde® starts with manicured gardens and after that visit we were able to go across the street to see the tulips fields.
I tried to narrow down how many tulip photos I’m posting here, but there are so many beauties to share!!
enjoy…

roozengaarde tulip festival

peach parrot tulips

peach parrot tulips

pink and green tulips

roozengaarde tulip festival

pink fringe tulips

purple azalea

tulip garden

small daffodils

tulips in a tree

yes, those really are tulips growing on the tree.

red tulips

roozengaarde tulip festival

muscari and tulips

tulip garden

daffodils

roozengaarde tulip festival

roozengaarde tulip festival

pink striped tulip

roozengaarde tulip festival

roozengaarde tulip festival

roozengaarde tulip festival

daffodils

roozengaarde tulip festival

roozengaarde tulip festival

The farm workers clear the older tulips and leave the petals in between the rows.

tulip farm worker

Farm worker whistling while he works…

field of red tulips

rows of tulips

daffodil field Skagit Valley

Daffodil Field