Spring has definitely sprung! And nothing says spring like TULIPS. You know by now I’m kind of obsessed with spring blooms and flower fields. I’ve always wanted to go see the Lavendar Fields in France and of course the Tulip Fields in Holland. But not having made it there yet, I’ve found some lovely tulip fields in Washington DC. Well it’s actually NOT in the City, but in the ‘burbs just outside of DC.
Tulips in Washington DC and Maryland
Brookside Garden My favorite “field” is actually not a field at all but a garden, Brookside Garden to be exact. Just a little outside of Washington DC, in Wheaton Maryland, Brookside Garden is a lovely public garden that is completely free and has quite the showing of tulips. They were tall, lush, and full with a variety of colors. Strolling through the gardens was spectacular and definitely gave me that Holland feeling. And they have much much more than just tulips. There’s wisteria and azaleas as well and a little Japanese tea house. Brookside is also a popular wedding venue (I know because I looked at it as a possibility for my own wedding) so the gardens are always immaculately maintained. Brookside Garden is definitely the best place to see tulips in Montgomery County Maryland.
Brookside Garden is located at 1800, Visitors Center, Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902.
The tulips usually bloom right after the cherry blossoms in DC, so right around mid-April.
Tulip Field in Virginia Burnside Farms
I’ve also been to another popular tulip field in the Washington DC region, Burnside Farms, which was a big disappointment actually. I really wanted to love this place after seeing all the pictures. But it’s really more of a tulip “patch” than a field. And the variety of tulips they had were all very very short and not very densely planted. It could be that you can pick these tulips so it makes the field a bit patchy. At about an hour drive out of DC it was quite a hike and not worth it in my opinion. But if you do want to go check it out, I’d recommend going opening weekend early so none of the tulips have been picked. Their daffodil field was actually a bit more impressive!
Burnside Farm’s tulip field is located at Nokesville farm – 11008 Kettle Run Rd., Nokesville, VA 20181. There’s an $8 entrance fee for peak (weekend) hours and $6 entrance for off-peak, children under 2 are free. Tulips are $1 per stem.
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