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Bloom – The Abbotsford Tulip Festival

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.

Bloom The Must See Abbotsford Tulip Festival - Confessions of a Scorpio

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.

Bloom The Must See Abbotsford Tulip Festival - Confessions of a Scorpio

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.

Bloom The Must See Abbotsford Tulip Festival - Confessions of a Scorpio

Bloom The Must See Abbotsford Tulip Festival - Confessions of a Scorpio

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.

Bloom The Must See Abbotsford Tulip Festival - Confessions of a Scorpio

Bloom The Must See Abbotsford Tulip Festival - Confessions of a Scorpio

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

Confessions of a Scorpio

 

Bloom The Must See Abbotsford Tulip Festival - Confessions of a Scorpio

Photography: Nicole
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11 Comments

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    Reply Leigh

    I can’t believe I missed you and Nicole by a week! Looks like you had an incredible trip. This Festival was totally my highlight: I’m DEFINITELY going back next year! 🙂

    May 9, 2019 at 11:48 AM
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      Reply Glenda

      RIGHT! I was excited to see that you were going to be there, but we were going at different dates lol. Looks like we have to go for that overdue drink date lol

      May 9, 2019 at 4:03 PM
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    Reply Theresa

    That field looks incredible! I didn’t know there were tulip festivals.

    May 9, 2019 at 5:19 PM
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      Reply Glenda

      There definitely is! It’s mind blowing to know they only bloom for a short amount of time too!

      May 16, 2019 at 9:44 AM
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    Reply Marina

    I went to a Tulip Park last year but I was very disappointed, hope it goes better this year. This field look amazing x

    May 10, 2019 at 3:01 AM
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    Reply Shannon Graham

    Wow, I am so jealous you got to see this in person! It’s absolutely gorgeous and I would love to see it for myself.

    May 10, 2019 at 1:15 PM
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      Reply Glenda

      You should try to go next year <3 I promise you it'll be worth it!

      May 16, 2019 at 9:44 AM
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    Reply Artney

    Your photos are beautiful! I wouldn’t want to leave. The flowers are breathtaking!

    May 10, 2019 at 6:11 PM
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      Reply Glenda

      After photos, we took our time just taking it all in. It was hard to leave!

      May 16, 2019 at 9:43 AM
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    Reply Clair

    I am obsessing over these pictures! I LOVE tulips! This festival would be unreal to attend…adding it to my bucket list!

    May 10, 2019 at 11:03 PM
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      Reply Glenda

      OMG I literally was in heaven being here!

      May 16, 2019 at 9:43 AM

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