Spring Blooms

Springtime in the Pacific Northwest means flowers will be blooming all over. Here are some of the places where you can enjoy the spring blooms.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Commercial fields of daffodils and tulips around the cities of Mt. Vernon and LaConner bloom throughout April. Display gardens in the two main festival venues, RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town, have flowers in bloom all month. The acres of tulip fields near the gardens and around the Skagit Valley are expected to bloom around April 8 and the few weeks beyond. Daffodil fields that have been in bloom for weeks should still be colorful through the first week of April. Fields of daffodils are left intact through their bloom cycle, though their color fades, unlike tulips that are “topped” toward the end of their bloom cycle to strengthen the bulbs.

University of Washington campus (The Quad)

The Quad in the University of Washington campus is probably the #1 spot to view Cherry Trees. The trees were originally planted in the Washington Park Arboretum around 1939, but then transplanted to UW in the 1960s, due to 520 floating bridge construction. They now line The Quad at UW.

Washington Park Arboretum’s Azalea Way

With 230 acres of gardens, including a Japanese Garden, the Arboretum is definitely a sight to see. You’ll find all types of flowers and trees there, including Cherry Trees on Azalea Way and in the Japanese Garden.

Seward Park and Lake Washington Boulevard, South Seattle

Seward Park is the original home of the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival. Now, the festival takes place at the Seattle Center every Spring. The very first three Cherry Trees were planted in Seward Park in 1929, which were then followed by 3,500 more throughout Seattle in 1930.

Jefferson Park, Beacon Hill, Seattle

Jefferson Park was very popular among Japanese-Americans living in Seattle in the 1920s, so to celebrate the park’s 100th birthday, The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee donated 25 cherry trees to be planted at Jefferson in 2012.

Point Defiance Park – Japanese Garden, Tacoma

The Consul General of Japan, the Honorable Kiyokazu Ota, along with the City of Kitakyushu in Japan, gifted Cherry Trees to Tacoma to celebrate the friendship they have had since 1959. They are planted in the Japanese Garden.

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival is held annually in April at the Seattle Center. Celebrate and experience the Japanese culture through Taiko drumming, live dances and performances, arts and crafts, food, and more!