- rolling down large, grassy hills
- climbing steps for a grand view of the gardens
- walking winding pathways through cherry blossoms
- munching on sugary mini donuts
- dancing on the empty pavilion in front of the huge waterfall
- testing our knowledge of the solar system
I'm not kidding. We did all that in just one visit. Here's proof in pictures:
We are definitely visiting the 8th annual Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival this year (I've been dreaming about those donuts since last April), and maybe I'll even submit a photo for their photography contest!
The Tulip Festival runs April 13th through the 28th (closed Sundays) and features "more than a quarter-million tulips in nearly 100 unique varieties and 70 different colors spread across 55-acres of 15 themed gardens."
That's a lot of flowers.
But it's not just about the blooms. You'll find lots of fun activities going on throughout the festival:
Dutch Days, April 21
Free cultural celebration of Dutch heritage on April 21 from 10am 5pm. Garden guests can participate in a traditional costume contest, try wooden shoes, make Dutch children’s crafts, sample Dutch treats and watch Extreme Rhythm Cloggers and Idelwild Quartet performances.
American Daffodil Society Daffodil Show and Contest, April 13-14
More than 100 different varieties of daffodils will be on display in the Visitor Center to show the spring flower’s versatility beyond yellow and white. Guests are invited to bring a daffodil from their own garden to be judged in the show on April 13 from 8-11 a.m.
Tulip Princess Pageant, April 28
Girls ages 1-11 are invited to be a princess at the Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival’s second annual Tulip Princess Pageant on April 28 at 11 a.m. Grand prizes are awarded in each age category but every contestant will walk away a winner.
Outdoor Entertainment, Friday and Saturday evenings
Local musicians and dance groups will perform in front of the tulip backdrop at either the Garden patio or Waterfall Amphitheater. Music styles will include local acoustic artists, harpists and strolling bagpipers. Craft and food vendors, guest authors and live painters will also interact with guests at the Gardens each weekend.
Gardening Demonstrations and Guided Garden Tours, Daily
Free to Festival guests daily. Topics range from growing and cooking vegetables to weed control and perennial planning. Guests are also invited to tour the gardens with a guided expert Monday-Friday at noon and each Saturday at noon and 3pm.
Fairchild Challenge, April 14 *NEW*
The Gardens Waterfall Amphitheater will host more than 100 Utah high school students who will showcase their environment-inspired work in the Fairchild Challenge, April 14, from 10am to 1pm. Garden guests can see original performances relating to Utah water conservation, a recycled materials fashion show and other visual arts bringing awareness to environmental issues. Students will compete for top honors as well as up to $1,000 for their school’s environmental program.
Tulip Festival Photo Contest, April 13 to May 5
Professional and amateur photographers are invited to submit their favorite shots from the 2012 Tulip Festival for a chance to win prizes and distinction. Categories include tulips and other plant life and prizes will be awarded in three age groups: junior, youth and adult.
Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival hours are 10am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and tickets can be purchased at the Thanksgiving Point Gardens.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for children aged 3-12. Entrance is free to Thanksgiving Point members and children under 2 years.
And now for the GIVEAWAY!!!
Thanksgiving Point is giving away four (4) passes to the Tulip Festival!
Betcha can't wait to roll down that hill!
To enter, leave a comment telling me your favorite flower or plant(required). Is it a daisy? Or perhaps a red, red rose? Or maybe you're more the weeping willow type.
For extra entries, you can do any/all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each one you do (each one earns you an extra entry).
- "Like" Thanksgiving Point on Facebook (or tell me you already have).
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- Tweet about this giveaway with @ThanksPoint in the tweet and leave the URL.
- Update your Facebook status with a link to this giveaway.
This giveaway will end at midnight on Friday, April 12th.
Note: Winner will be notified via email. If no reply is received, a new winner will be drawn.
Disclosure: A big thank you to Thanksgiving Point for providing my family with four passes to this year's Tulip Festival and the passes for the giveaway. If only they'd provide some great stain remover for those grass-stained knees...oh well. That hill is totally worth it!