This trip is sponsored by Abbotsford Tourism. However, all content and opinions expressed are of my own.
The Abbotsford Tulip Festival is one of the most beautiful events held in BC. The event takes place in the Fraser Valley providing the city of Abbotsford rows and rows of bright tulips for spring. While it’s easy to get immersed in one of mother nature’s beautiful creations, tulips only bloom for a short amount of time.
I was fortunate to be able to attend the Tulip Festival and the second Nicole and I hopped off our flight we went straight to the farm where Bloom Tulip Festival was held at. The farm is owned by the Warmerdam family, where Peter Warmerdam and his family immigrated from the Netherlands to which they decided to settle in the Fraser Valley in the year 1950.
It all began with a passion for beauty and life
Peter with an abundance of knowledge in horticultural and farming decided to purchase land in 1954 where he began growing gladiolus. Soon after the family farm expanded their crops to also include outdoor tulips, daffodils, and peonies alongside a greenhouse full of tulips and daffodils. Peter’s passion for flowers was proudly shared amongst the Warmerdam family which ignited Alexis (Peter’s granddaughter) the idea to start Bloom the Tulip Festival.
During the fall, Bloom’s tulips bulbs are imported straight from the Netherlands and arrive at the farm by late Septemeber. By the start of October, the bulbs are planted and during the month of April, tulip flowers are then harvested.
Flowers are carefully handpicked, bunched and packaged for distribution. What is left eventually become a canvas for display allowing visitors to experience its beauty. By the second week of May, the tulips have completed their blooming cycle and the bulbs are then harvested in June. During the summer, the bulbs are stored away in temperature controlled rooms and wait for their next life cycle.
The transition between low blooms to high is weather dependency. For the most part, you would want to go when it is in high bloom as that is when the tulips are the most colorful. Perfect for photography and those Instagram-worthy shots. Dates will always differ based on the weather, I would highly suggest to keep yourself up to date by checking frequently on Bloom Tulip Festival’s website and/or Instagram.
Take spring home with you
Not only are you blessed with acres of beauty, but you are also able to enjoy the full farm experience of picking your own tulips to take home at the U-Pick section! Nicole and I enjoyed choosing different types of unique tulip color combinations to create our own little bouquet. It was about $1 per tulip and providing fresh daily cold water to these babies allowed us to prolong their longevity so that we can fly back to Edmonton with them.
Hand picking tulips are not your cup of tea? There will also be bouquets of fresh cut tulips available for purchase on-site at the flower market however the range in colors may be limited. However, if you are planning on growing them on your own, you are able to also purchase bulbs online and have them delivered in late September straight to your door.
So here we are many years later…
Enjoying both the beauty of spring and the passion that Peter Warmerdam brought with him from the Netherlands to the Fraser Valley. Without the Warmerdam family continuing to live out his passion for all things flowers, we wouldn’t have the ability to immerse ourselves with what mother nature can provide.
With views of Mt. Baker, Bloom Abbotsford Tulip Festival is definitely worth putting on your bucket list as one of the places to see in the Valley during springtime. Are you ready to bloom?
Check out highlights from my trip on my Instagram @glennymah!