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. And even better I’ve found a few tulip fields close enough to DC for a weekend trip or even a day trip, so keep reading!
Brookside Garden Tulips in Washington DC and Maryland
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. As of April 22, 2019, the tulips here are in full bloom and fading super fast! Some patches have fallen already.
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.
Tulip Fields at Laval in Quebec
If you are willing to take a little road trip the Tulip Fields at Laval in Quebec near Montreal look amazing! The drive to the Laval tulip farm is about 10 hours from Washington DC so you would spend a day driving, but I think it’s worth it. For the Tulip Festival U-Pick Tulips in Laval has planted 500,000 tulips for you to photograph and pick. The Laval tulip farm’s expected opening date for 2019 is May 10. I believe last year they were in full bloom until around Memorial Day weekend.
There is a price of admission for the Laval Tulip Fields:
Weekday Prices: Adults (Ages 6+) $8, Children (5 and under) $6
Weekend Prices: Adults (Ages 6+) $10, Children (5 and under) $8
To access this tulip field in Quebec on a weekend you will need to purchase tickets in advance, you can buy them here. So far this is the only Tulip field on the East Coast and within driving distance of Washington DC that could compare with the Tulip fields in Washinton State and Holland. If you go be sure to comment and let me know how it is!
UPDATE: So yes I took the 10 hour drive up to Laval or Montreal to be precise and went the Tulipes.ca field. I can only say that it was a HUGE disappointment. Tulipes.ca in Laval was no more than a Tulip patch. And it looks like the best photos spots are gated off for photographers which can be booked at $75 per hour. Honestly, this place was NOT worth it!!
First, the staff was uncommunicative. They announced that they would be open on Wednesday, so I’m thinking yay the tulips will be in bloom! But this was not the case! They waited until Friday to update that they will be open but the tulips are not blooming at all!! I think they did this on purpose so people would buy tickets. The tickets are non refundable and you can use them for any weekend, but we were only going there for the tulips and not planning on going back. If Tulipes.ca had just posted a picture of what the field looked like at the time they announced it was open it would have been clear that the tulips were not in bloom and not going to be blooming by Saturday when they opened, instead, they chose to be deceitful.
I know I sound harsh, and yes it all depends on the weather and Tulipes.ca in Laval cannot control when the tulips bloom. But they certainly can control how they communicate! They could have easily said on Wednesday, we will be open but the tulips will not be blooming! But did they do that, no! If you are in the Montreal area don’t waste your money! See below on where to find FREE tulips in Montreal!
Because Tulipes.ca in Laval turned out to be such a disastrous disappointment, we headed to the Montreal Botanical Gardens to see some other pretty flowers. Little did I know that the entire entrance of the Botanical Garden in Montreal was blooming with TULIPS! It was absolutely gorgeous!! And to boot, it was free! The tulips are actually just outside of the main entrance (where the restaurant is) to the Montreal Botanical Gardens and free for anyone to enjoy.
I would totally pay to visit the gardens though because it was absolutely beautiful! I could easily spend a whole day here! It was about $20 USD per adult and free for children under 5. In my opinion, it was totally worth it and so much better than the tulip field in Laval.
Some pictures of the Montreal Botanical Gardens:
Tulip Farm in Holland New Jersey
Another tulip field that’s closer to Washington DC is the Holland Tulip field in Holland New Jersey. At only about 3 hours away from Washington DC this tulip field is much more accessible than the tulip field near Montreal. You could just take a day trip to this tulip field from Washington DC!
The Holland Ridge Farms tulips are in full bloom now (as of April 25), so if you get the chance, go see the tulips this weekend before they are gone!
Like the Tulip Farm in Quebec, there is a cost for entry, find ticket prices here: https://www.hollandridgefarms.com/tickets
And if you end up going to this tulip field in New Jersey, let me know in the comments below!