Delight on display at Tulip Festival

'The colors are beautiful' at bulb farm's annual festival and farmers market in Woodland

By Tyler Graf, Columbian county government reporter



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If you go

What: The 11th annual Woodland Tulip Festival.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 and April 20-21. Gift shop open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May 12.

Where: Holland America Bulb Farms, 1066 S. Pekin Road, Woodland.

Cost: Free, 50 cents per “You Pick” tulip, $15 to $25 for Tulip Trot registration.

Information: 360-225-4512 or

With more than 140 varieties of tulips in its designer garden, and the introduction of a "you pick" field where people can pluck their own bouquets, the 11th annual Woodland Tulip Festival is shaping up to be a success, said Benno Dobbe, owner of Holland America Bulb Farms.

"The tulips have never been nicer than they are this year," Dobbe said. "The colors are beautiful."

For more than a decade, Dobbe has held the tulip festival at his family's Woodland farm, at 1066 S. Pekin Road.

But it's always evolving.

This year's festival -- held this weekend and next, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- includes an area where people can choose among 100 varieties of tulips and decide which ones they want to buy. The flowers are 50 cents a stem, with a 10-tulip minimum.Some two dozen vendors are also set up in a farmers market at the free festival.Although conditions were a bit drizzly early Saturday, Dobbe said the turnout was good.

The mild weather in recent weeks has been perfect for growing tulips, Dobbe said, and they've been coming on strong.

For more information, call 360-225-4512 or visit