We picked a good year to go. According to a high school friend who lives in Holland, some years the festival is a "stemfest." Most of the tulips are past bloom and visitors to the festival don't get the full experience of seeing what Mom and I saw when we were there.
|Lake Michigan near Saugatuck|
Holland is a remarkable and unique city on the west side of lower Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan. It's a clean and beautiful place, most especially when it's Tulip Time. We spent three days there, including an afternoon in nearby Saugatuck. I'll let these photos speak of our experiences.
|Just outside the greenhouse at Windmill Island|
|Inside the greenhouse at Windmill Island|
|Kids doing Dutch dancing in Centennial Park|
|You don't see signs like this on a hotel door just anywhere!|
|Mom takes note of those tulips she might want to order.|
|Rhododendrons and tulips go beautifully together.|
|Countless streets are all dressed up for Tulip Time.|
|Peony tulip 'Angelique'|
|A tulip field at Windmill Island|
|More lily-flowering tulips|
|Holland, MI is home to the largest working windmill outside The Netherlands.|
|Unveiled in 2009, 'America's Holland' tulip was developed in the North |
Holland province of The Netherlands over the previous five years to honor
the 80th anniversary of the Holland (MI) tulip festival.
|This house was fairy-tale like. We LOVED it!|
|Fritillaria 'Crown Imperial'|
|The sun sets over Kollen Park on the final night of the Tulip Time Festival.|
And now you might be able to understand why I bought so many tulips to plant this fall.
EDIT: Robin, of Life in Robin's Nest (Central Ohio), visited Holland, MI, this fall and posted photos of her visit. I found it interesting to see the places we visited in a different season. Check it out!