Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Recently, some of you may have caught the trailer for the movie Tulip Fever, set in 17th-century Amsterdam. The historical drama, adapted from Deborah Moggach’s novel, explores the era of “tulip mania” that swept the Netherlands by storm.
Long before the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008, tulip bulbs experienced an unprecedented commodity boom. Prices of these exotic blooms quickly reached dizzying heights. This economic bubble – the first in recorded history – finally burst in 1637.
Although far from Holland, the tulips of the Skagit Valley certainly lived up to the expectations set by their coveted predecessors. With their plump shape and vibrant hues, it is clear why these flowers captured the Dutch market, as well as the Dutch imagination.
Interested in seeing these beauties for yourself? Washington’s annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is held from April 1-April 30.