Tiptoeing through the tulips in Washington
March 28, 1997
Web posted at: 12:00 a.m. EST
(CNN) -- A bit of Holland is blooming in rural Washington state. Flower-lovers are flocking to Skagit Valley for its annual Tulip Festival, which runs Friday through April 13.
Three major growers show off 500 acres of flowers. Festival organizer Audrey Smith likens the fields of tulips and daffodils to "an explosion in a paint factory."
"It's just beautiful. On a sunny day, you can see the mountains from the fields -- the Olympics and the Cascades," she says.
Poetry quickly gives way to practicality when swarms of city slickers are bearing down on your bucolic paradise.
"You are coming to farm country," Smith warns. "It's cold sometimes. A breeze could become a wind. It rains. Wear shoes you can get muddy."
"And you need cash for the parking," she adds. "We don't take credit cards out here."
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